When I graduated high school, I was so excited to start university I couldn’t wait to finally start “living.” I had heard the stories and was super pumped to live my own chapter as a college student.
“University is the best time of your life.”
“You’ll meet so many amazing people.”
“The friends you make will become your lifelong friends.”
Fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed. All of those statements are true. Especially the last one.
The friends I made at university are some truly incredible people. Granted, I wouldn’t have met these people if I hadn’t pushed myself and gotten involved, but that effort to finally get out there and get to know the campus community was one of the best things I could’ve done for myself.
Alas, all good things must come to an end.
Some of these friends ended their university careers leaving us all waving behind them with smiles plastered on our faces, as they began their journey toward adulthood.
And as happy as I am for them, I’d be lying if I said it’s going to be easy to get through the next year.
It’s difficult knowing that your friends are moving on, growing up, their lives changing in all different directions while you are left behind to mourn their absence and take their place as an executive in a student group or stepping up as the go-to person for anyone who needs a shoulder to cry on.
It’s even harder when those same friends are so well-respected, liked and incredibly kind people leaving behind a legacy of the hearts they touched and the lives they marked.
So, as someone who’s not remotely close to achieving their emotional presence, the struggle to maintain their standards is no easy feat.
The student campus centre echoes with their laughter and dims without their light to brighten someone’s day.
I’m only hoping that the legacy they’ve left behind is one I can continue striving for and be somewhat successful at doing.
And you know what? Maybe they’re no longer in university and maybe you won’t see them on campus anymore, but if the friendships are as as special as we were told they’d be, then graduated or not, maybe some good things can last a while.