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Life and learning has peaks, valleys

By Michael Graham
Web Editor

It seems that throughout school every peak is followed by another long valley. Every three or so years one finds themselves crossing another bridge into another school, another phase or another field of study.

But what happens to those who finally end up at the peak of their educational Mount Everest?

For a senior here at UNCP, a huge part of one’s life is coming to an end.

Whether you have gone to school straight from kindergarten to now or taken some time off between high school and college, a new horizon has appeared.

Not only must one deal with the prospects of new jobs, new towns, new adventures or whatever lies ahead there are still things that are soon to be put behind them.

Friends that have been made over the years will soon be on their own path in life and the comfort of having them around may not always be there.

As a senior, I find myself both eager and scared to start the new journey that lies after graduation.

I can finally get away, go somewhere brand new, start a life for myself and do so many other things I have been looking forward to all my life.

The one thing that still scares me, though, is the idea of growing up enough to be a full-fledged adult. There are too many creature comforts one gets used to while in school.

Now, of course, a lot of the college community deals with school and the real world together on a day to day basis, but once you take school away, you are only left with one thing: the rest of your life.

One thing I am starting to grasp is that even when I have long since gone from the halls of UNCP, my learning will never be finished.

In whatever field a student plans to work, things change, technology evolves and the flow of the world is always going.

Sure, I may have to come back to school one day, get some extra training, do a little more studying or even work towards another degree. Does that bother me? No.

College is one of the major growing experiences for anyone. We learn about ourselves and the things we can handle. It gives us an idea of how they will be able to survive their future.

So, as I approach the summit, not only will I look behind at the mountain I just climbed, but look forward at the rest of the world in front of me.







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