It is that time of year again. A time filled with both anticipation and nostalgia – with suspenseful choices and tearful goodbyes. It is a time that only hints at what the future may hold after what may feel like the end of an era. It is a time where we all get together and speculate about what may be for all those characters we feel like we know, and for some, it is just a relief that it is finally done with an acknowledgement that it is high time to move on. Each year it is a little different, with some goodbyes harder to take than others, but the excitement is there just the same.
Real life and art collide each year at this time, for me, when the students (and colleagues) I have had the joy of knowing and working with, move on to their next chapter in life much like the TV characters I have had the joy of watching for years face that season or series finale. The tearful goodbyes, and hope and suspense for the future ring true in both worlds.
It is fortunate that this time comes in the spring where it is hard to spend too much time mourning the end, as it is really a time for new beginnings. So, in the spring-like hope that there will be happy reunions with those that I have grown to adore and new favorites to be created (both real and fictional) I say to you – thanks for the memories!
For those of you that are the ones moving on, keep in mind these words from the character Creed, from The Office finale - “No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home. Let’s do this!”Jennifer Lipke - Senior Enrollment Specialist