VOICES: Making the most of your EU time (advice from a senior)

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 at 1:51 PM

When you first get to high school, they always tell you to enjoy it because it goes by fast. I wish they told you the same thing on the first day of college, because for me, it went by even quicker. With it being my senior year, I’m trying to make the most of it, but there will always be things that I wish I did or would have gotten involved with during my time as college student. And I hope any future or current college students that read this take my advice of getting involved! 

While my college journey has been eventful and has provided me with friends and memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life, I feel as if I was not able to get the full experience with the life I have outside of getting my education. Working has always been my main focus and from working long weeks, I feel it’s distracted me from getting more involved on campus.

One of my main regrets is not joining more clubs. In high school, I was actively involved in student council and National Honors Society, but in college the only club I have been a part of is The Spectator student newspaper. If I could go back and do it over again, I would definitely substitute time working for time playing rec sports. I played baseball, football and wrestled in high school and I miss the feeling of being active and on a team.

I also feel that I was not able to make enough friends and connections while here at Edinboro. I was hardly ever on campus, other than for class, and I wasn’t able to meet many people. During my freshman year at Cleveland State University (before transferring), I was not employed and made numerous friends that I still talk to today. But at Edinboro I have been more focused on work and have not been able to do the same.

I highly recommend, if it is financially available, to spread your wings and live on or nearby campus. While at Cleveland State, I lived in the dorms with three other roommates and it was definitely more enjoyable than commuting 30 minutes every day (like I have for Edinboro). Living close or on campus makes you feel more a part of the university, while commuting just feels like high school with slightly more freedom.

My college career has definitely been a fun ride, but if I could go back, there are a few changes I would certainly make. I urge all current and future college students to get involved and enjoy college, because your four years fly by quicker than you could imagine.

Steven McGarvie is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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