YOUNG VOICES: Make the most of your life on campus

2013-08-19T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Make the most of your life on campusBy Caelainn Crnjak nwitimes.com
August 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

After writing several pieces on preparing for college life, I cannot believe I have now completed my freshman orientation week at Purdue University. I am now past the point of saying goodbye and am beginning to welcome the future because the more time I spend here, the more I feel myself begin to grow.

College is a life-changing event that will shape one into the type of adult they are evolving into over time. It is a building block most people will always look back at and feel as though it was one of their first steps into adulthood and independence.

This time is precious and filled with moments and milestones that can only be experienced through being part of a college campus.

In just this past week for example, I have met kids from all over the world, participated in traditions that past Boilermakers have done for decades, and began to make memories I will always treasure.

Of course, everyone’s experience is unique and personal to his or her journey, but they are still forming into different people then they were when their parents dropped them off at their new residences.

By being out of their childhood homes, students are able to witness the way others live their lives outside of the “status quo” of their hometowns. So even if they are not making the extra effort to do all of the school traditions, they are still experiencing lives through a new type of lens that is their peers. This is expanding their minds and perspectives, which in the end will only bring our society to a better tomorrow.

The four years one spends at college contain many marvelous moments as well as its difficult ones, but in the end it is how the student views those moments and lets those times shape them into the person they wish to be. I hope everyone who experiences college life lets it change them into someone they only would have dreamed of becoming.

For my fellow classmates and I, I know our years at Purdue will go by in the blink of an eye. We need to make them count so we can enter the true adult world with an impact that will affect many generations to come.

Caelainn Crnjak, of Dyer, is a recent graduate of Lake Central High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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