Thank You, Rutgers.

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As my time at Rutgers comes to a close, it’s been a time of reflection. There are so many things I’m going to miss dearly, so many aspects of college that I can’t imagine not having in my life. There are good memories and bad, but I wouldn’t give any of it back. Trying to remember the funny times and the serious times and putting it in words is not easy. Considering I’m making jokes 95% of the time in my writing, I wrote this with as serious of a tone as I could. I tried to spare you the sappiness, but some things need to be totally honest.

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I’m gonna miss complaining about Brower. I’m gonna miss being distracted in the library because of the abundance of hot girls. I’m gonna miss telling myself that I’m an idiot for sitting in the library main room because of those distractions but not being able to bring myself to sit anywhere else. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve told myself I’m gonna skip class but actually do work for that class and then instead just take a nap or watch TV or sometimes just drink because I’m in college and I can. I’m gonna miss drinking during the day. I’m gonna miss taking a nap after those day drinks and then struggling to get up and drink again but doing it anyway because it just seemed like the right thing to do. I’m gonna miss drinking Traveler’s Club straight from the plastic handle that I have become so familiar with. I’m gonna miss tailgates so so much. I’m gonna miss waking up at 6:30 to get bagels and start drinking by 7 on gameday. I’m gonna miss picking classes and being ready to commit suicide because of Webreg. I’m gonna miss having no water and no toilet paper in my house. I’m gonna miss spending way more money than I have at the bar. I’m gonna miss not being able to move at Queens and deadly $2 LITs at Pub. I’m gonna miss dinners at Hansel and breakfasts at White Rose. I’ll never forget losing to Louisville and being on the cover of the Targum the next morning with my face buried in my hands in the front row. I’ll never forget the greatest tailgate ever in the Green lot this year (picture at top). I’ll never forget the greatest pregame ever before this year’s final game (second picture). I’ll never forget Rutgersfest and Delafest. I’ll never forget Tequila Tuesdays. I’ll never forget sneaking alcohol into the dorms, fishbowls at Stuff Yer Face, happy hour at OB, and so much more. I will forever cherish the times I had with my freshman dorm crew, my PiKapp brothers, my AEPi brothers, my EZoo squad, my PCB squad, my 140 crew, and my 83 Sicard crew.

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The past few months have been an emotional roller coaster. As much as I don’t want to give up college, I am excited for what’s next, whatever that may be. I thought I was going to hate my life after college, and I may at times, but I am pumped to see what’s in store for me. I am ready to get out there and please my boss and make a ton of money. I am ready to start making big moves in my life, things that have been unattainable because of the constraints college has put on me. I have felt somewhat restricted in ways because of college, but Rutgers has molded me into the person I am today. I learned how to drink to all levels. I somewhat figured out the female race. I learned that I still don’t know how to study and that going to class is pointless if you’re not paying attention.

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This school has made me so angry so many times because of the stupidest things. Whether it was the bad publicity, bad internet, or brutally bad sports, I have hated this school so many times for so many reasons. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Best school in the nation, on some days. The main thing about college I do not want to leave behind is my friends. All of you have been important to me in one way or another, whether it was for a group project, a night at the bars, a fraternity party, etc. I am forever grateful for being able to get to know you all, and I thank you all for taking the time to get to know me and be apart of my life in some aspect. Some of you have made me angry, some of you have made me frustrated and confused. But you have all made me smile. The people closest to me know how important they have been throughout my college journey, and I have no doubts that you will stay close friends. If I could go back to day one, I would in a heartbeat. But I wouldn’t trade these experiences and these years for anything. And I wouldn’t want to have done it all with anyone else but you all. New Brunswick will forever be my second home. And to you, all of my friends, you will forever be family to me. It was not easy, but we did it. We did it big, and we did it right. The spontaneous day drinks, the unexpected blackouts, the wasted hours in the library, the hangovers, the failed exams, the rejections, the disagreements, it was all so fucking worth it. Although we may no longer be students, we are all Scarlet Knights for life. Thank you to my friends. Thank you, Rutgers.

*Cue the waterworks*

SMUSH Bros

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