Graduate offers advice for those sticking around

Kristin Marthaler

Kristin Marthaler

I’m not going to miss anything about SDSU.

The crowded parking lots, cheap-looking freshman, know-it-all seniors. Professors who are only here for research, not the students, and lunch ladies who aren’t all too thrilled to be there. And finals.

Who am I kidding? That is what makes SDSU the greatest! I am going to miss this school like crazy. Playing chicken in the parking lots, seeing who can slide in first. Being able to point out all the freshmen on the first day of class because they are all dressed up, (freshmen, you’ll understand next year), and dealing with seniors who look an awful lot like adults.

I will also miss those professors who make it seem like a chore to teach their class. I am laughing at the fact they do not realize they are impacting everyone they come in contact with. And that they could do so much more with their three hours a week. And the lunch staff, who do make each meal enjoyable even if they don’t always have smiles on their faces.

All the nuisance of every day life becomes something I will miss. After choosing the four-and-a-half year plan, I have learned a few things here at State:

1. Always visit professors in their offices. If they won’t help raise your grade, they will at least help you learn your material better.

2. No matter how good Monday’s 50 cent taps sound, homework is more important.

3. If possible to get through college without working, don’t. Live every moment you can with your friends. These are the best years of your life.

4. When parking, always put on your blinker for your spot, to warn the other drivers that that spot is yours.

5. Don’t do 99 at 9 at 9. It will just ruin the rest of your evening by giving you a jump start. It’s better off to get there at 10 and take it slow.

6. Cherish your friends, and every moment you get with them. When you move away, you will no longer be “Kristin in Journalism,” you’ll be “Kristin, TV anchor for Fox News.”

7. In the winter, you won’t look stupid if you wear a hat, gloves, boots, scarf, thick jacket and maybe even a few pairs of jeans, because everyone else will be doing the same.

8. Don’t be afraid to take chances. It’s college. You get a do-over in the real world. But be smart with your chances … achieve dreams.

9. Stick through with promises. If you say you will call someone, do it. If you say you will hang out with someone, do it. This world is becoming so full of promise breakers, it’s time for us to start a new trend.

10. And finally, be yourself. Life is too short to pretend to be someone else.

Thank you to all those who inspired me, to those who pushed me, to those who questioned my motives. Without you, I would not be where I’m at today. Thank you kindergarten teacher for not holding me back, to the friend who broke my heart in fifth grade, the math teacher that refused to give up on me and my family – for paying some bills. Oh, and for being there. Without all of you, I would not graduate this weekend. So thank you. Be real … be safe … just be!

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