Mary Grace von Thron, opinions editor

Well, this is it. My very last piece for the Campus Carrier before I graduate next week. When I decided that I would write the last op-ed of the semester as my swan song to Berry College, I wasn’t really sure what exactly I wanted to say or what point I wanted to get across. I mean, how can I adequately summarize all I’ve learned in my time at Berry in about 500 words? It seems impossible, but I’m going to try my best. 

When I arrived at Berry on a scorching hot August day in 2017 (I’m a fifth-year senior) I remember wanting to be a part of everything. At the involvement fair, I signed up for so many different clubs and organizations, knowing full well that there was absolutely no way I would be able to take part in all the clubs I signed up for. I wasn’t trying to flesh out my resume or anything, there was just so much I wanted to take part of. As eager as I was to try everything and be a part of so many different things, I quickly realized that I didn’t need to be a part of seven different clubs, three different jobs and four campus organizations.

So, I had to sit down and weed out some of my extracurriculars and decide what I really wanted to stick with and what made me tick the most. As difficult as it was parting ways with some of these activities, I knew it was the right thing to do for me. When I cut down my extracurriculars to just a few, I was able to focus more of my time and energy on things that I really liked to do, instead of things that didn’t really interest me. As a result of this, I was able to hone in on my skillset and watch myself improve and grow. 

I know at Berry students often feel that in order to truly get the most out of the college experience they must be a part of everything. However, this is far from the truth. If you really want to get the most out of your college experience, you should find what you like and what you are good at and stick with it. Don’t be afraid to try new things as well, but make sure you aren’t burning a candle at both ends in your attempts. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to things. This is definitely something I struggled with for a while, as I am a huge people pleaser. I know it can be hard to turn things down, but if you feel like you can’t handle one more thing on your plate, the right thing for you to do is to say no to the opportunity and yes to keeping whatever sanity you have left. 

My time at Berry has taught me alot about perseverance, hard work, community and flexibility. I am definitely not the same person I was when I arrived on campus 4.5 years ago and I am so grateful for every opportunity I have had. I would not be the person I am today without the guidance and support I have received over the years at this school, and for that I am truly grateful. 

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