Well, here we are. At the finish line of the semester; but I’ll be crossing with bittersweet excitement. Hell, I listened to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve three times on my last day to work. We have created our own little lives out here, like a separate identity. I walked around Entrepix for the last time, ensuring to say goodbye to each person. I walked by my completed project, sitting on the production floor. I stopped when I saw it; doing a cool internship project was the reason I wanted to work for Entrepix, it was even the reason I came to Arizona. Somehow until that moment, I never realized that the most memorable parts of my experience out here were because of people I’ve met.
I came to Arizona for a resume builder, and because I was tired of the daily grind. Well the daily grind sure was taken care of, and I have a few new lines on my resume. Great. But what I truly gained in Arizona cannot be measured in GPA points, money, or objects of any kind. It’s feeling unsure walking into a new internship, and the satisfaction of a ‘good job’ handshake walking out. It’s having nervous jitters driving a rental car to Las Vegas, and the calm of deep 3AM conversation driving through endless desert. It’s the pain of climbing every mountain possible, and the self-gratification of standing on the top. It’s the uncertainty of leaving a cozy college campus for a semester of who-knows-what, and the relief of it being the right choice. It’s hopes, fears, and all the other abstract nouns mashed into a blob we like call the human experience. And whether you’re in Wilkes-Barre, Mesa, or anywhere, you’re living it one minute at a time.
So yes, I’m going to miss being in Arizona. I’m going to miss my co-workers, the other students, the Mexican food, the scenery, the hotel staff, and living with 10 of Wilkes’ crazier students, but life is longer than one semester. And with what I truly learned out in Arizona, I’m excited to go home because the adventure continues, the landscape just changes. See you all soon!
P.S. moral of the story: Collect experiences over things. Make friendships over money. And live dangerously; just don’t die.