Secondhand News: Time to give it all we’ve got

By Jordan Oliver, Opinion Editor

January 23, 2013

C’mon fellow seniors! This is it.  When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2012, the ball in Times Square dropped smack dab into our graduation year. These three and a half months of the spring semester are the last we’ll have at HPU, so we need to end strong, leave our mark, and go out with a bang.

It’s hard to stay motivated when the end is so close in sight, but this is when it counts the most.  Whether you’re taking on a difficult course load or coasting through your final days, give your last classes of college every bit of oomph that you can muster. For those of us not proceeding on to graduate or medical school, this is the last time we will be able to call ourselves students; this isn’t the time to corrupt our hard-earned GPAs.

Come May 4, we will all take our diplomas and disperse amongst the paths on which they take us. Never again will we live in a place filled primarily with kids our own age. Take each day to cherish time with friends and to appreciate the ability to walk around campus and be surrounded by them on a daily basis—it’s a special kind of environment that only lasts for these four years.

I don’t mean to sound depressing, but the truth is, time is no longer on our side.  We need to really be mindful of the things that can so easily be taken for granted, and enjoy every amenity that our unique campus has to offer.  Keep your eyes open to the beauty and positivity that surrounds you—you’ll find you have too many blessings to count.

So smile even though you have too much homework for your liking; make time for your friends even though you may be busy; and stay up till midnight for that steakhouse reservation even though you may be tired—I’ll tell you right now, a five-star dinner at the cost of a magic meal, is definitely not included in the real world.