The End Yet Only the Beginning

As I frantically look in every store possible to find the perfect graduation dress, I realize the time has finally come. This month and the months leading up to this moment have gone by in a flash. Yes, I know that everyone says it goes by fast and to cherish each moment but I never listened. Well, I’m listening now. It is serial that this moment is even happening. I have had some of the best memories of my life here. I have been fortunate enough to have the best friends I could ever ask for. That makes it even harder for me to leave this place I’ve called home for the past four years.


However, I find myself at a cross roads. My heart fills with sadness thinking I won’t be going to the beach bars every weekend with my group of friends. This is because I will be moving to Charlotte upon graduation. While I would love to already have a job lined up, that has not quite happened for me yet. However, I have faith in myself and know I will find a job I can be excited and happy about.

Also, I feel a sense of calmness knowing that this isn’t the end but merely the beginning. Being a Communication Studies major, I feel prepared to take on a professional role. I am only 21 and this is just the beginning of my life adventures. I’m lucky to have been fortunate with the best professors and education I could ever ask for. I have put hard work, dedication, and lots of hours studying to graduate with honors come May 7, 2016.

Graduation is fast, confusing, scary, exciting, and stressful, all in one. I would not have traded any day here at UNCW for anything in the world. To my parents, thank you for allowing me this education and believing in me. To my friends, thank you for the greatest four years of my life and many more to come. To my twin sister, thank you for your endless love, support, and laughter. To the future me, thank you for knowing that everything is going to be okay.

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Caitlin Rodermund

2 thoughts on “The End Yet Only the Beginning

  1. This post left me very sentimental about my time here at UNCW. As a junior, I still have one year left to make the most of college, time with friends, and everything Wilmington has to offer, but I feel like it has already flown by so fast. Where did those three years go? I can only imagine the emotions you are feeling right now about to graduate and move away from everyone and the past four years of your life. I will definitely try to savor my last year, but i’m sure I will be feeling the exact same way in May 2017. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It is true that every says how fast time will go by if you don’t pay attention to it. However, I think that is a good thing, because it shows that you had a good time. If you were able to watch the minutes go by then I believe one would not have been as active as they could be. This post has inspired to cherish the short time I still have here, as I only transferred in this spring. Congratulations, and good luck to you in the future!

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