While listening to the unfamiliar-to-most band Stars of Track and Field and their single End of All Time, I pondered all of the endings and new beginnings that are happening at Jamestown Community College right now. For starters, we hope that winter has officially taken flight from western New York so that we can catch a glimpse of some blooming springtime flowers! But, that’s not the only end we’ll be seeing come May. For our dear sophomores, their time with us here at Jamestown Community College has come to a close.
It’s outrageous to believe that all of the studying done, homework completed, friendships made, and laughter created in our college setting could potentially become memories after two measly years. Just think how short two years really is. Most of us at JCC have gone to high school, and I personally remember freshman and sophomore years of my high school days flying by on a whim. Who would even begin to think that the first two years of my college experience could feel the same way?
I expected everything to feel much slower, to be honest. I had practically no friends to begin with, I was commuting three days a week, homework was squeezing the life out of me, and between that and my job I didn’t think college would ever end. Now my friends that have come here a year before me are graduating in less than 24 days. Some are welcoming their future lives at new colleges, and others are going off to find a steady job. And here I am, now talking about the end of my first 2 semesters at JCC and ranting about how everything has simply passed by.
Something to take away from this is the fact that life is short. I can think of so many quotes and recite them to you verbatim about that topic. [I won’t do that here though – to save you from all the cliché.] The point is that because life is short and time never stops moving forward, we need to value every last drop of it. If college goes by fast, so will the time you put in your career, and your potential marriage, and your potential children’s lives, and sooner or later time will keep moving forward whether we want it to or not. So enjoy your life right now–not tomorrow, not next week–enjoy it starting from the period at the end this sentence and never stop.