Eric Church is hands down one of my favorite country artists not only to listen to, but to see perform live too… and while I can go on and on about what songs are my favorites, there is one that sums up my life pretty well right now.
As one of the graduates of Stockton University’s Class of 2017, I can easily say that not only was my final year of undergrad a record year, but my entire four years of college were collectively a record chapter of my life. It seemed fitting for my man EC to have the perfect song for me, and it was thanks to this song that I was inspired to decorate my graduation cap accordingly.
It is weird to think that four years ago I had no idea what I wanted to do in college. I had this idea that maybe I should study Environmental Science, which seemed great because I loved nature and being outside. Turns out, math and sciences are not my strong suit, so that major was quickly thrown out the window. It was during a journalism class my third semester at community college I realized that I wanted to go into the Communications field, and I am SO happy that I went with it.
After graduating with my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, I jumped on the Stockton bandwagon and joined a bunch of friends at school. Although I commuted for my two years, I ended up fitting right in because a majority of the people I met were commuters too. Throughout my classes, I continued to see familiar faces while also making some more great friends along the way. It was like we were all in this together, and come graduation day, I truly felt like we succeed.
It was weird. Being in school your whole life, you know it has to come to an end sooner or later, but actually experiencing it was bittersweet. As I joined my fellow Communication grads, we laughed and joked about the semester, our amazing professor who we all realized actually left a mark on us as we welcomed him into commencement with cheers. We all were in this together. Ready to take on the next chapter of our lives, even if that meant that we no longer were sitting in three hour lectures on a Tuesday night thinking of ways we could get our professor to end class early. The sense of accomplishment was overwhelming when you realize that even though you procrastinated every paper, guessed on every final, and probably never opened a text book (unless that was just me… in which case, never mind) that it finally paid off. Those days of circling parking lots for hours because there was limited parking, early morning and late at night classes (both of which were terrible), and wishing you lived on campus because you were too tired to drive home… are over. Looking back, I would not change a single second of my college career, maybe or professor or two, but I survived so I guess I will let it slide. Those four years truly were, record years, and I am so glad to say that I have earned my degree and I am excited to see where the next adventure through life takes me!
So, thanks Eric Church, for giving me a soundtrack for my record year. And you ever find your way into my life, I owe you a beer to thank you for it.
Congratulations to all the Class of 2017 graduates! Good luck wherever your path now takes you 🙂