Senior Goodbye: College is for learning more than just facts

Senior Goodbye: College is for learning more than just facts

Lindsey Chandler

At the end of three and a half years of full course loads, extracurriculars and too many all-nighters, it is not the diploma in-hand that represents all I have learned.

My personal growth during my time here at Appalachian State University encompasses more learning than one degree ever could.Not-sure-who-this-is_web

As a graduate of this amazing university, I am a product of many hours spent working, studying, stressing out and embracing the full college experience. I am also a product of success, disappointment, love and self-reflection.
I arrived as a freshman with an open mind and willingness to make the most out of my academic experience. To my surprise, the most important lessons did not come from lectures. Ultimately, I learned that having a degree isn’t a rite of passage into adulthood, but rather knowing how to positively navigate through this world.

Without a few very amazing people, I wouldn’t be who I am today. These individuals deserve as much pomp and circumstance as a diploma, if not more.

First, to Casey – thank you for being my best friend. Your passion for life and friendship means more to me than I can say. Thank you to Christine for helping me realize that I can balance academics and an enjoyable social life. You are one of the strongest and loveliest people I know.

Thank you to Emily for being a supportive and loving sister. I couldn’t ask for someone better to be genetically bound to for life. And of course, an enormous thank you to my parents and family for fully supporting me through this incredible journey.

Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of knowing in my years here. You’re all wonderful in so many ways. I could not ask for a better group of people to surround myself with. I love you all.

As I say goodbye to Appalachian, I hope that these ideas resonate: Be kind and respectful to everyone, including yourself. Surround yourself with close friends and good people. Know what you need to be happy. Follow your passions. Get involved. Go the the Listening Post on Tuesdays.

But most of all, don’t stress out. Life isn’t meant to be lived in constant worry.

Looking forward to graduate school and life’s next chapter, I can’t help but reflect on all that has passed. Appalachian has prepared me for success in this life, and while I am excited to graduate and see what’s next, I will miss it immensely.

Lindsey Chandler, a senior psychology and Spanish major from Cary, is the opinion copy editor.