This is a blog post by Brenna, one of the social media interns. Brenna will be graduating this upcoming Saturday with the rest of the class of 2013. Enjoy the rest of your time here at OU! Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat!
I’m sitting in my room with notes and books sprawled out on my bed, as if having them in my sight will encourage me to do my homework. Instead, I have been looking through my entire photo library from the past four years. I have pictures with my best friends and pictures with people I’d like to forget. I have pictures of Athens that look like something straight out of a dream. I have pictures that bring up memories of OU that may seem pointless to someone else, but to me they are treasures. As I get lost in photos upon photos, I find myself coming to the realization that in a short four days, I will be forced to leave Athens and move on to something new.
I can remember my freshman year when my future at OU seemed overwhelming and unmanageable. Many phone calls were made to my mother, begging her to let me come back home and go to school with my friends. I have never been so grateful for her constant answer of “no, you need to stay there. It will get better.” And it did. I found my best friends. I fell in love with my classes. I discovered Athens.
There are so many things I will miss about Athens. I am going to miss the way the sun hits the trees on College Green, making it a paradise within a paradise. I will miss the familiar faces at our favorite bar, always happy to see us again. (That one is for you, Lucky’s). I will miss my teachers who helped me discover my passion. I will miss the feeling of being a part of something even when you’re among thousands of cheering fans at a football game. I will miss driving on the bricks. I will miss the way Athens looks when you’re coming in from the freeway. Even though we only really experienced it one semester, I will miss how beautiful Athens looked covered in snow.
To those of you who still have time left here in Athens- soak it up. Do everything you want to do. Make a bucket list and don’t leave until it’s accomplished. Don’t stress too much about classes or jobs. Remember it’s important to have some fun and let loose. You probably won’t fully understand what I mean until you’re in the same shoes as I am. For now, appreciate your last few years in this wonderful place called Athens.
Ohio University has made me who I am today and will forever shape me through the trials and tribulations I am sure to face. I leave here with an ache in my heart, but a smile on my face because I had the blessing of becoming a Bobcat. Cheers to you, Athens. I’ll miss ‘ya.