Best Years of Our Lives


By Gino Diguilio


The spring semester is quickly coming to a close. Studying for finals, finishing end of semester projects and putting final touches on papers is consuming our time. With everyone living daily lives with a long to-do list these last few days of the semester, it’s hard to remember not to wish these days away.


Recently, I was told that my college years will be the best years of my life, and to be quite honest, I brushed it off, knowing deep down that I wouldn’t wish these hectic days on anyone. But when you think about it, it’s completely true! As high school students, we hope and wish for the days of being in college and living our lives, living in a futuristic fantasy of “adulthood” and freedom. This comes to be even truer when it comes to college. We base almost a fifth of our lives so far to learning as much as we can about a hopeful job that we want to have for the rest of our lives. Concentrating on the future so much makes us forget to live in the present.


Yes, everyone has a crazy life, working multiple jobs, having to attend classes, finishing homework and studying, but is that really hard? We as a collegiate society have yet to understand the benefits of staying in the umbrella of freedom that college provides. The real world is scary. It isn’t fun all the time, and responsibilities stack up immensely without warning the minute you enter into it. There really is no going back.


Don’t wish these days away. Savor every last minute of them from the minute you wake up, to the minute you go to bed at 3 a.m. It will be worth it.


While you are sitting in your last two weeks of classes, studying for upcoming finals and pushing until the very end, just take a few seconds out of your day and appreciate your life as it is. Right now, you most likely are on the brink of entering the real world. As much as you think the grass will be greener on the other side, it may not always be. Live in the present and appreciate all of the opportunities and great times you have in the palm of your hand. In the real world, those may or may not always be there.