As the semester’s close creeps into being with spring’s budding trees and warm breeze, graduation looms over the heads of the graduating class. Whether they’re in the throes of thesis writing, frantically applying to jobs, or searching for housing, the seniors’ minds are off campus.
We need to bring them back.
It’s normal to be excited for what lies beyond the cap and gown or to make sure the last semester GPA is still high, but enjoying the final few months of college should also be a priority. Friends made in college are some of the most influential in a young adult’s life — for most, this is the last time they’ll all be in one place. And while it’s tempting to hunker down in an off-campus house to finish homework and job applications, it’s equally important to go up the hill and engage with underclassmen and other seniors.
Academics is at the core of a college career, but real growth takes place outside the classroom. Seniors’ undergraduate careers may be drawing to a close, but there is ample opportunity to build relationships while finishing strong.
With that said, it’s equally important to keep going to classes. With graduation less than two months away, seniors tend to lose sight of academic priorities and put them on the back burner — but attending academics is a way to respect professors and make the most of the education we came to Hillsdale for.
Seniors, spend time up the hill. Engage with underclassmen. Pull your noses out of books and job applications and enjoy your time here. There’s not much of it left.