Class of 2013, This is Our Year

And so it goes, the new year is a time for new beginnings but what do we really begin? If we think about it, our lives currently are simply just a compilation of all the old things that have happened. Nothing new, just different. Here at DePaul, we are starting all sorts of things, classes in particular and we also meet with friends we haven’t seen in over six weeks. Needless to say, it is the beginning of something even greater: graduation! 

I know what you might be thinking, it’s too early to be thinking about graduation and some of the DePaul community is not even excited about that event but I am! In just five short months, I will be walking across a stage in front of family and friends in order to celebrate higher education and all that comes along with it. For four years, we have studied, partied, debated, laughed and even cried. But through it all and most importantly, we have survived. 

Regardless of the university you decide to attend, it becomes imperative that you stick through it. There were times when I didn’t know if I would make it through calculus or if health sciences was the correct major for myself but one thing about DePaul University that makes us so unique, is our support system. There is an entire team that was compiled for me specifically to help with any situation or problem I am facing. No, I am not just talking about the people who get paid to advise you on your class schedule, this goes much deeper than that. These people see the potential in you and they want to nurture all of our talents so that we may thrive in any setting. 

What is even more unique is that you do not have to search high and low for these types of people. Simply having a conversation with a professor after class will show you just how much they believe in us as students. In 2013, it is critical that we build these relationships with not only our peers but mentors as well. This is our year to step into a different reality. Nothing that has ever been done has been new, it was always different and 2013 will create in us a different perspective and inadvertently, create a better human being in the process. 

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