cools quickly as I see
new clothes for me
your last day to pick up your apparel. After Tuesday, your apparel, which
you have already paid for, becomes club property (this includes singlets). Simone
will be at practice on both Monday and Tuesday to hand out the
remaining apparel, so please make sure that you come to pick it up,
otherwise the volume of my wardrobe will spike to previous unprecedented
these ever work?
that, I am still unsure
Look at you, stressing about
finals. Look at you seniors, stressing about your futures. I don’t know
about you all, but every time a year of school ends, while I’m caught up
trying to pass finals, I always seem to look back at where I was a year
ago, and sometimes I go back even farther than that. Often, I cringe
heavily at the person I was not too long ago.
For example, four years ago I
thought I’d be going to college in California, running on a college cross
country team. I listened exclusively to Blink-182 and thought I was
edgy because I refused to wear jeans. Four years before that I wanted to be
a star soccer player, and I was still too afraid of my barber to tell him
that I didn’t want a bowl cut. Four years before that I told my mom
I wanted to start playing the flute, right after telling my 3rd grade
teacher that I wanted to be a standup comedian.
The point of this? 1) Even if
you’re upset with how your semester turned out, just remember that at least
you’re not in middle school anymore, and be happy about that. 2) Look at
how people are constantly reinventing themselves. You may be bombing
finals, you may have no idea where you’re going to work this summer, and
you may not know what the next chapter of your life holds. Your life is
going to be full of uncertainty, and you’re going to frequently change what
you want and where you want to take your life. That uncertainty and those
changes are natural, and even the most put together people in the world
have hit those sections where they have no clue what they want. There’s a
fair to strong chance that you’re going to look back at yourself four years
from now, think about all the things you were worried about back then, and
have a laugh to yourself about how you’re so over that now.
All the changes in your life
have turned you all into wonderful, friendly, talented, driven,
down-to-earth people that I see at practice every day. As you start this
new chapter, whether it’s just another year of undergrad, or a semester
abroad, or your first step into life as an adult, remember who you were
before you hit that last chapter of your life. You may have been nervous,
apprehensive, and awkward, but you faced the uncertainty of that next
chapter in your life, and, in the process, you became who you are today.
Celebrate that, and recognize that the challenges facing you now aren’t any
different. You’ll live through your finals, you’ll find your direction, and
you’ll figure it out, because you did it before, when you were probably way
less equipped to do so than you are now.
You got this.
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