Signs keep accumulating: his end is near

It didn’t hit me when I told people I’m a senior.

It didn’t hit me when I didn’t have to register for fall classes.

But now, with a little under two months to go, it’s finally starting to hit me that I’ll be graduating in May, as funny as that sounds.

I got back from spring break and looked at my calendar and noticed, “Huh, there really aren’t too many weeks left this semester.”

And then, of course, I realized there aren’t too many weeks left in my undergraduate career for that matter.

Maybe it was because I was looking forward to spring break or because the weeks go by so quick, but graduating always seemed far away.

But you know what?

I think I’m ready.

Sort of.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed school, especially the classes here at UDM. And I think any senior who says they don’t have senioritus is lying.

At the same time, I think I’m ready to move on to what’s next, whatever that may be.

This past week was Alumni Week and I had opportunities to hear what UDM alums from the College of Liberal Arts and Education have done since graduating.

The main takeaway from listening to them was that you never know what you’re going to end up doing for a career.

That’s fine. I wouldn’t be an English and communication studies major if I felt differently.

To me, it was fitting to hear their stories so close to graduation commencement, simply to show that, yes, it is possible to get a job with a liberal arts degree.

I also had the honor this past Sunday of attending the honors convocation for CLAE. I got a couple awards and hearing my name called not only validated the hard work of these past four years, but UDM’s strong resources.

CLAE is such a great aspect of the university and it was nice to see all of them, no matter their major, be honored for what they’ve accomplished.

And, yep, it was another reminder that the next big event that I’ll be at with my family will be commencement in, presumably a hot, Calihan Hall. 

Even by writing this column, I’m reminded that there is one more Varsity News issue to publish in the semester.

No matter what happens after graduation, I’ll be at peace with my UDM undergrad career being over.