By: Karley Wajda
It truly feels like just yesterday that I was writing my “meet the staff” story when I joined The Preface (probably because it was three months ago). My time here has been very short and very sweet.
One thing I regret about my time at IU South Bend was not joining The Preface sooner. I never thought I would have so much fun writing for a school newspaper. If you are interested in any sort of creative writing, The Preface is the way to go. I truly will miss everyone, even if I was only there for 3 months.
Enough with the sad stuff – I couldn’t be more excited to move on to this next chapter of my life. I have been dreaming about graduating and getting a “big girl” job for as long as I can remember. I am beyond ready to be an adult, even if everyone says it only gets harder from here.
There are a few key moments I would like to highlight from my college years. The first is Covid. Covid really changed everyone’s life, and I am no exception. The pandemic happened during my first year of college, but I stuck through it, and I am graduating on time.
The next key event was the unexpected passing of my stepdad. While this has been one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced, and will continue to face forever, it has made me a stronger person. I have pushed myself to be someone that I know he would be so proud of. This has shown me I can push through absolutely anything life throws at me. (Okay, now really enough with the sad stuff.)
One last moment I would like to highlight from my time at IU South Bend is meeting one of my closest friends. We met in a class where the professor told us to get into the shape of a parabola, and since all of us were communications majors, we had absolutely no clue what a parabola looked like. My friend and I looked at each other with mutual confusion on our faces, and have been connected ever since.
Moving on from IU South Bend, and school in general, will be a very tough transition. How do I live in a world with no academic stress, homework everyday and a schedule provided by a syllabus? This will have to be something that I adjust to. Me and every other college graduate.
I am looking into going into some sort of field that uses my communications degree (as you can tell, I like to talk). I have always thought that my dream job was being a motivational speaker. However, I really don’t have any interesting stories to tell, so that dream fell off as soon as I thought about it.
I really don’t have a dream job. If you know me, you know my life starts when I get home from work, when I can be with my family and boyfriend. My true dream in this world is to own my own dog, preferably a white pomeranian.
If you’ve made it this far into my story, I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read it. I could go on for pages. My time at IU South Bend has been nothing short of an adventure. Cherish your time as a student before the real world hits. I wish I could go back in time and relearn not to spend my entire degree counting down the days until graduation.