By Valerie Bustamante
Hello to my UIW community. I hope everyone has had a great start to his or her Fall 2016 semester.
I also hope the Class of 2020’s transition from high school to college has been as smooth as it can be. As a senior, I know how it feels to come in as an incoming freshman. Trust me, I know it can be very scary. You feel like the smallest fish in the sea of larger fish.
The main thing my 18-year-old self was afraid of when coming to college was this large change that was happening in my life. I was no longer in high school, but instead I was going to this enormous university, which I’m pretty positive is every freshman’s fear.
I didn’t know anyone except maybe one person. I was afraid to make new friends. What if no one liked me? I thought I would never feel like I was a part of this university.
I was afraid of accepting the change.
However, as we get older we learn change is a part of our everyday lives. It’s not always easy and it can be a little daunting at first.
Our lives are constant cycles that never stop because obviously, “life doesn’t stop for nobody.” Every day something new appears or something old disappears. Our lives go through trial and error. Sometimes it even happens more than once.
People in our families may change. Friendships and relationships may shift. Changes at work may happen — sometimes in management or even in our own positions.
Now that I am in my last year of college and so close to graduating, I now understand there’s nothing wrong with change.
At first, it can be difficult to accept it because, come on, we’re only human, but the best thing you can do is go with the flow. Just see where these changes lead you.
In these last four years, I’ve grown accustomed to the thought that change is completely normal.
In this edition of the Logos, you will find many stories that address “change” in some way. Change is constantly occurring and it even happens on our own college campus. One story will share the experience a fellow Cardinal had when having to change and accept other people’s customs during a study abroad trip.
A photo package on the center spread depicts the annual pinning ceremony, which represents the Class of 2020 changing into a new chapter of their lives. And there’s a Page 1 story addressing what is in the future of our campus as UIW begins the search for a new president.
Change is all around, but it will lead us to a brighter future.
E-mail Bustamante at firstname.lastname@example.org