The Best Four Years of Your Life
College will not be the best four years of your life. Regardless of what you hear as you prepare for college, remember that no life should peak between ages 18 and 22. The four years you spend during your undergraduate education will hopefully be fun, exciting, and inspirational. However, there will also be moments of painful separation, awkward encounters, and seemingly impossible decision-making.
College is about building your best life. Every college has successful graduates, but one thing that amazes me about Vanderbilt graduates is the diversity of their success; their time here on campus was only the beginning for these individuals.
Every time I review this list of notable VU grads I am humbled by my job.
However, the nature of my job necessitates that I spend most of my day thinking about future Vanderbilt graduates. I don’t mean to belittle the success of our past students, but I have no doubt that the students whose applications I am currently reading will literally be the ones who cure cancer, solve global poverty, and lead the nation through the 21st century.
So during this waiting period, between the application deadlines and the notification dates, think about all the ways you’re going to utilize the resources on Vanderbilt’s campus (or wherever you may attend). Yet, stop putting so much pressure on these four years – these are not the be-all, end-all years of life.
College will not be the best four years of your life. They will be a brilliant beginning, though.