As I sit in my room in New Building writing this, I wonder how the past four years have passed so quickly. In the words of the estimable Dr. Seuss, “How did it get so late so soon?” It doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago that I started my college career at Rider as a naïve freshman.
That shy, unsure 18-year-old has since been replaced though, and while there are times that I miss the girl I used to be, I’m glad I’ve changed. That’s the whole point of college — to learn and grow as a person. I’ve learned a lot of really important things while at Rider: be willing to work hard for what you want, don’t be afraid to take chances and don’t take your time here for granted.
That last one may be the most important. Juniors, take note: Your last year here will fly. You’ll blink, and it will be time to pick up your cap and gown. It’s important to take advantage of every day here. Make sure you get the most out of your education here and get involved in something that interests you. Don’t be afraid to take on leadership roles in any of your activities. I can tell you from experience that it’s incredibly rewarding. Work as hard as you can so that you’re ready to graduate and move on to your next step, be it graduate school or a rewarding career.
Spending time with your friends here is just as important as working hard, though. I have met some incredible people here at Rider, and whether or not I remained friends with all of them is irrelevant. My mom always told me that people come and go in life. Some stay only a little while; some stay much, much longer. Whether I met these people freshman year in my residence hall or didn’t really get to know them until this year, I’m thankful to have known them all. Professors have taught me many important things, but so have my friends and I am beyond grateful to those of them who have stuck by me through the past four years. You all know who you are.
While we’re still on the subject of friends, I have to mention my time at The Rider News and the great friends I’ve made there. While I worked my way from staff writer to News Editor, to Executive Editor, I met some incredible people along the way. Our advisers over the years have taught me so much, and I’ve met so many wonderful and talented students. I wish nothing but the best for my fellow graduating seniors at The Rider News and hope they find success out in the working world. For those of you staying behind and running the show, good luck. I know there will be weeks that seem never-ending, but I know you can do it. I’m so proud of you all and I’m sure that you’ll do amazing things next year.
For those of you graduating on May 11 alongside me, I congratulate you. I know it’s going to be scary leaving this university and heading out into the world, but something tells me that we’ve got this under control. We should all be proud of ourselves. We’re going to be just fine.
To quote Dr. Seuss one more time, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Good luck and don’t ever stop believing in yourselves.
Outgoing Executive Editor