Today is my last day as a UW-Whitewater student because tomorrow I graduate. Well, technically I graduate. I don’t get to walk across a stage or receive my diploma in front of my family and friends, but I graduate.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of my lasts, and even some of my firsts, were taken away from me. I am a Quarantine Graduate and while that feels a bit special, I wish things would have ended differently.
There won’t be any end of the year parties, no emotional goodbyes, everything has just sort of ended. It’s a weird way to end such a big chapter in my life, and I know a lot of other graduates feel the same way too.
I’m sad about the way my college career has ended, but that doesn’t change the amazing experience I had throughout the duration of my time at Whitewater. From the late night study sessions, sleepovers at the radio station, to being a part of something bigger than myself, I wouldn’t change anything. And truthfully, I wouldn’t even change being a Quarantine Graduate.