Farewell Georgia Tech
Today, I woke up and realized that I don’t have a set schedule anymore. I don’t have to do things based on a structure or syllabus. Yesterday, I walked out of the last class of my life. I didn’t even notice that I was done until I was preparing for class this morning, and I found out that classes are done for the semester.
It’s funny how I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life being told I have to go to school. Now that I’m done, I don’t have any guidelines or professors telling me how to do things. I have to do everything on my own from now on.
I’m officially done with Georgia Tech next weekend on May 7th, 2016. I’m glad that I went to Georgia Tech. I truly enjoyed ever moment at this great institute from sitting in on nuclear engineering classes that I wasn’t a part of, joining a Bollywood Fusion dance team, learning about myself from Startup Exchange, and meeting some of the best friends I’ve ever known. This was a journey that I would gladly take once again within a heartbeat.
I’m usually not an emotional person or the first to express any vulnerability but nostalgia has hit hard as I realize that I’m going to move on from the lifestyle that I’ve known my entire life. From freshmen year to now, I’ve created some of the most wonderful memories that I’ll ever have. A lot has changed since I first entered Georgia Tech.
I still remember the all night Black Friday shopping my friends and I did freshmen year. The random parties we would go to on Wednesday nights just because we could. We literally felt as if the world was in the palm of our hand (but I guess that’s how most freshmen feel when they are making new friends, going out all the time, and are learning to adapt to college life). Everything that we did was fun but the memories we created were even better.
Startup Exchange changed the way I viewed the world. It opened my eyes to the possibilities that are out there if you hustle and never give up. It showed me that there are other paths that you can take to be successful. I’m extremely happy that I stumbled into the organization freshmen year just to learn more about it. It will forever be the first medium which introduced me to startups and entrepreneurship. Ever since the world of entrepreneurship was unveiled to me, I’ve been working hard to start my own company. I love the philosophy that I can work on my own dreams and build something amazing that helps people from the ground up.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would join a collegiate level dance team. But I’m so glad I did because some of my closest friends and fondest memories came from when I was dancing. Even though I only danced for a year and a half, it made me go outside my comfort zone and develop skills that I would not have had before. I loved all the aspects of dancing from learning new moves, to the crazy practices we would have during performance week, to the adrenaline filled rush right before you get on stage, and to your friends screaming your name to help you get through that last song during a long performance. I would definitely recommend joining an organization or team that puts you out of your comfort zone because it is then that you realize what it means to learn something from the bottom up (and who knows, maybe you’ll love it!).
This past year has been like no other. I made more friends and discovered what I want to do with my life. It was probably the best year of my life. Even though we are going to pursue different goals after college and some of us are going to move away from Atlanta, I know that we will still be close because the bond we formed over the last few years is everlasting. I’m glad I met those people that I can talk to about anything no matter what it is and be true to myself. Senior year went by fast but the friends I made will last a lifetime.
Thank you Georgia Tech for the years you have given me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
Go Yellow Jackets!
Originally published at medium.com on April 27, 2016.