Saying Goodbye Is…

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

As I reflect back on my last four and half years at the University of North Alabama, I become sad about leaving this college behind and scared for what’s to come when I venture out into the world. I have loved and hated attending classes at UNA – yes, I did hate a few things about my beloved University, but don’t all college students at some point in time hate something about their college experience? Yes, they definitely do and I am no exception. These years have been amazing, difficult, lovely and stressful, but I am thankful that I always had my heart set on this astounding campus and community. I have reached new heights and grown as a person while being a lion and I don’t regret any of the decisions I made to get to the end of my journey. Becoming a UNA alum is going to be amazing and bittersweet, but I know it was worth it!

Above: Photos from my ongoing photography assignment

Saying Goodbye is…hard.

Although I am beginning a new chapter of my life on December 15th, I still find it difficult to say goodbye to my second home. I believe all college students feel a bit sentimental when they are about to graduate college, I know I do. I have made so many memories here and found the person I want to be. I couldn’t be happier that I chose UNA to achieve my degree at. I love the English and Art Department so much and leaving is bittersweet.

I thought I would be excited to take the next step into adulthood, but I find myself feeling anxious and scared about venturing out into the unknown. The other part of me is ready to walk across the stage and open my arms up wide for the world to take me over. Two very different feelings envelop me as the date gets closer….which I think is very normal at this point in the process. As I wait for that life-changing moment, I remember to be thankful for the University that gave me so much hope for my future.

My attempt at my self-portrait assignment 🙂


“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.” – John F. Kennedy

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