“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” –Winnie the Pooh
As surreal as it is, I finally graduated from UC Berkeley. The past 4 years really have flown by. It’s incredible how I started from the first day of CalSo and now I’m here. I lived up my senior year to end my college career with an exclamation mark. I studied abroad in England, backpacked around Europe, moved into the International House in Berkeley and made unforgettable memories with friends around the world.
Sometime in April, it suddenly hit me that I was about to leave college in a month. I had been too busy having fun to internalize the fact that graduation was right around the corner. The panic and near denial that came with the realization were real. Is this what a quarter-life crisis is? But there was no time to figure it out. Before I knew it, I studied for and took my last round of finals, signed my new apartment lease in San Francisco, said heart-breaking goodbyes to my friends and the beautiful campus, and finally threw my cap in the air at the commencement.
Now that the tears of departure were wept away, all there left is gratitude and excitement for the future. Berkeley has given me the most perfect 4 years of college experience that has transformed me. It’s so hard to bid Berkeley farewell because I’ve really loved. Andy from the Office said, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” Luckily I’ve always known that about my times at Berkeley.
I’ve had my time here, and I’m so stoked for the incoming students—nothing can prepare them for the experience that this campus is about to offer them! Stay awesome Berkeley. Forever a Golden Bear ❤