Words of wisdom from Blugold seniors

Students in their last year share their departing thoughts and advice for incoming freshman

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College is a time for growth and self-exploration. Here, students meet their greatest friends, find their soulmate and solidify their passions. But what happens after graduation? That is the question that many veteran Blugolds are asking themselves as their time on campus quickly passes by.

While senior year in high school may have been all fun and games, senior year of college is just a countdown to paying off student loans and “adulting” 24/7. The final stretch may be stressful, but it truly is a time celebrate all that you’ve accomplished and have fun.

With the start of a melancholy school year for so many, The Spectator wanted to know how seniors felt about graduation being just around the corner.

Here are the responses some students gave us:

“I am ready to graduate but It’s sad to think about! I don’t have any specific plans for after college, but I’d like to live here, Green Bay, or Madison I think.” – Abby Swiecichowski, integrated strategic communications student

“I feel mixed about graduating. I don’t want to graduate, but at the same time I’m ready to move on to other things I guess. I feel prepared for life after school, but it doesn’t make it any less scary” — Kevin Romano, business management student

“I’m nervous but I’m also really excited. I’ve been working four years for this, I’ve had a lot of internships and jobs building up to this moment so I’m excited to see what I can do with everything that I’ve learned.” – Taylor Pomasl, journalism student

Riley Dougherty, a supply chain and operations management student said that he would have focused more time in building his skills instead of sitting at home when asked what he wished he would have done differently during his time at UWEC.

Finally, The Spectator asked seniors what advice they would give to incoming freshmen.

“I’ll tell you what I told my brother just before he went to school: try and find an organization to join right away. It will make your whole college experience, at least that’s what it’s done for me.” — Ethan Laferriere, chemistry student

“My advice to a freshman would be get involved! Come in with a open attitude and go to wing events and sports events!” — Abby Swiecichowski, integrated strategic communications student

“I would say to get involved with something right away. It’s the easiest way to explore your interests and make friends.” – Riley Dougherty, supply chain and operations management student

“Get involved and explore the city! There is always so much to do so don’t be afraid to go exploring.” — Taylor Pomasl, journalism student

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