“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ah, yes, sage words from the Chicagoan teenager Ferris Bueller. As goofy and mildly corny as this phrase is in the movie, it is pretty darn relevant in a college setting.

A few days ago, I was working in the research lab (check previous blog posts) with a fellow undergraduate. We had the UD A10 tournament basketball game pulled up on a laptop while working. As the closing minutes of the game had both of us on the edge of our seats, the other undergraduate in the lab made an incredibly insightful comment about the game. She said, “It’s crazy to me that all of us go to this school, but we are working in a lab right now and they are out there playing basketball. Those are two very different things but we are in the same ‘place’ in life.” Like any other UD student, someone could have been pouring fire ants down my sleeve but I still would have kept my eyes glued to the TV. The weight of this comment did not occur to me until after the game.

The comment made me think of how I got to be where I am today. In my short two and a half years here, I have been lucky enough to take part in a range of experiences and activities while meeting some of the best human beings around. Even in this short time, my overarching mindset has changed drastically since high school. I’m obviously still the same person. I still love chocolate milk and peanut butter. I still like funky music. However the things I care about and the conversations I have with others have changed, and I could not be happier about it. I’m proud to say I have used my college experience to grow as a person. My senior year is closing in fast, but I cannot wait to see what it has in store.  

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