Class of ’05: The countdown is on

Ashley Berry

Scared and excited – these are a couple of the emotions seniors are feeling as this chapter in their lives comes to an end, as the decision of where to go from here can be very intimidating.

For most of our lives going to another school was always the next step. This time for seniors what to do next and where to go from here is a very scary thought. Along with the scariness comes the feelings of great pride and accomplishment. It is the excitement of this and what is to come that is making this last semester a roller-coaster of emotions for seniors.

“My years at Quinnipiac have gone by so fast. I feel like I was a freshman just yesterday. I have had a lot of experiences, some knowledgeable, some interesting, and some scary,” said Jackie Boback, psychology major.

“As for graduation, it is right around the corner. I am scared to death. I don’t know what I want to do. But, at the same time, graduating is a great accomplishment for me and I look forward for what is next in my life”, Boback said.

The question, “are we ready or not?” will be pondered by seniors over and over for the next few months.

When asked whether she felt ready Kristen Luliano, public relations major, said, “I feel as though I am not quite ready to graduate. Although, I am totally done with the whole school thing, I am not quite ready to go out to the real world yet.”

It is not only about being ready or not though. It is about what graduating really means to seniors. It means parting from all of the familiar faces and places that make up the Quinnipiac community. It means no more hiking to Pine Grove or battling for a space in North lot. It means no more big brown comfy chairs in the Arnold Bernhard Library or getting closed out of classes.

Perhaps one of the hardest things about graduating is parting from the friendships and relationships that have shaped these past few years of our lives.

“I think one of the hardest parts for me will be leaving all my friends and everything that I have known at QU for so long,” Megan Tammany, psychology major, said.

Very shortly, the Quinnipiac class of 2005 will celebrate their accomplishments with mixed feelings. There is one thing that graduation will never change for the students: the everlasting memories that have been made here.