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Farewell and goodbye

By Rey Perez
On April 11, 2012

Ok, so I'll admit it. I'm a little worried, kind of scared, but extremely proud.

The comforts of college classrooms are coming to an end, the days of receiving grades are gone, and the times of taking tests have passed. Yup, college graduation.

Never did I think I would see the day where school became an afterthought. Never did I think that I would walk across a stage full of prestigious individuals who are congratulating me for my accomplishments. Never did I feel like I could take on the world because of what I have learned.

But with graduations happiness, for me, comes fear.  I'll be the first to admit that I've been living in a state of panic at the possibility of not landing a job. I'll be the first to say that the thought of it even makes me cringe. However, it always excites me, and brings me a sense of great pride to be even applying for jobs that require a college diploma and tons of other criteria that I can easily meet.

For this, I can thank not only myself and family for support, but for the incredible people I have met along the way who have shaped who I now am. The friends I've made, the groups I've been a part of, and the professors that have imparted their knowledge are all people that I will never forget for what they have done for me in the last five years.  For me, none of what I have accomplished in the last years would have been anywhere near possible without them.

I now sit here; a week away from what could possibly be one of the greatest experiences of my life, with a chance to compete on a national stage and big time executives. Not many get the opportunities I've worked hard for, and for that I am truly grateful.

I'll take this as what has really become my farewell letter. I'll miss the rooms that became sanctuaries in the past year when myself and others found ourselves on campus until the middle of the night working on projects. I'll miss the conversations with professors who are genuinely excited that what they have said has had an impact on your life. I'll miss my co-workers who have made laugh on the toughest of days and the people I've met that I likely won't see after I leave. And hey, I'll probably even miss writing these random, weird, and sometimes inspirational columns.

Congrats class of 2012.

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