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Lasts

Last weekend, I had my last formal as an Alpha Xi Delta. I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but it was still really sad. At one point my date even said, “Why are you crying? Don’t cry!” But I couldn’t help myself. 4 years. 4 years of memory, 4 years of responsibilities, 4 years of friends. And for some reason I was under the delusion that it would never end!

Then, not even a week later, I attended the last initiation I would ever be able to attend. I was crying before the ceremony even started. You don’t realize as a younger member that eventually you will have a “last initiation” and a “last formal” and a “last meeting.”

And as a student, you will have a “last paper” and a “last class” and a “last test.” But somehow these “lasts” are less traumatic. Perhaps because I’ve been in school for the great majority of my life and I can’t wait until I don’t have to go to school anymore.

But in my involvement, these lasts are traumatic. And I think it’s because I feel like I haven’t made the most of my time. Every year, the seniors said, “Don’t take this time for granted, because it goes by faster than you think!” And every year I thought, “Psh…I still have 2 years left! Plenty of time!” But now it’s April. April of my senior year. And I have 44 days until I can no longer consider myself to be a Monmouth College student. 44 days. And there’s nothing I can do about it.

I’ve made a plan for what I’m doing after school. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a plan. If you want to know more, ask!

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Now I remember why I constantly kept myself so busy for the past seven semesters. When my days aren’t full of something, they feel 8 times longer! I have so much free time that I don’t know what to do with myself. Hopefully, once school picks up I won’t be feeling this way.

Exactly one week from today, I will be in Chicago with my friend Paige! I’m so excited to get out of Monmouth and see my Alpha Xi big sis! And I love Chicago. It is one of my most favorite cities because there’s always something to do! That will keep me going through the next week, and I’m sure I’ll find a way to fill my free time.

The only problem is…I keep getting rid of my responsibilities!

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“Reason and justice tell me there’s more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.” – Anton Chekhov

How did people manage before the day that electricity was harnessed into a usable energy? Thanks to an ice storm yesterday, the power in Monmouth was down for the majority of the day. I woke up, used the bathroom with the light from my cell phone, and went back to my room–only to realize that I had nothing to do. I couldn’t shower (electric water heater), I couldn’t get on Facebook (because my computer requires electricity), and I couldn’t watch TV (again, electricity). I tried to read for class, only to realize that it was too dark and my cell phone wouldn’t give enough light to read.

After sleeping for another few hours, I decide to go over to my grandparents’ house. A Sprite, PB&J, and a few m&ms later, I sit down to do a puzzle with my grandma. As I’m figuring out how the pieces fit together, I begin thinking about how reliant our society is on electricity for everything. I mean, I couldn’t even entertain myself for a few hours without it. And then I realized that I was having way more fun doing a puzzle with my grandma than I would ever have in my room on Facebook, watching TV, or listening to music.

Why is our society so dependent on technology?

Also, not that chastity and vegetarianism aren’t important, I love mankind for technological advances like steam and electricity.

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“Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.”
-John Wesley

I’m pretty sure I have 3 or 4 loads of laundry to do. And only enough quarters to do one load. What to do…what to do…

Why is it that I resist doing laundry? I’ve had more than enough boring nights stuck in the building to get it done, yet I never want to do it. Tonight I watched two movies with friends (17 Again and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). Last night, I actually did my homework. The night before I went to bed at 10 pm. Tomorrow. I’ll do my laundry tomorrow.

It is very strange to be back at Monmouth. When I was flying back after winter break I realized that this is the last spring semester I’ll ever do at Monmouth College. This could potentially be the last spring I’ll ever spend in Midwestern America. It is sad, but almost relieving in the same respect. This is the last time I’ll ever have to worry about how many classes I’ve scheduled myself for on third floor Wallace. The last time I’ll make my calendar based on ResLife activities, Alpha Xi Delta, and what time my friends are eating lunch. The last semester (hopefully) I’ll ever have to endure bad cafeteria food again!

I want to make my transition out of Monmouth as clean as possible. I don’t want to leave a lot of hanging connections, but I also don’t want to burn every bridge on my way out. I’m trying to take the path of least destruction. I feel as though leaving college and moving away could be a messy job, and I don’t want to leave a mess behind me.

Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness…is my new motto.

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