Enjoy the Ride

CarouselLast week I was invited to attend the annual Student Organization dinner, where Dominican’s student leaders are recognized for their achievements in the past school year. 

The event was held at the Brookfield Zoo, so a few of my friends and I went early to explore the zoo before dinner. We ran around from exhibit to exhibit, taking pictures with giraffes and making silly faces at the monkeys. Of course, we had to ride the carousel too. 

We all bought tickets, hopped on our favorite animals, and got some pretty funny looks from bystanders: a group of student leaders, dressed in business casual attire, riding giant ladybugs and emus. Frankly, I don’t care how silly we looked. We had a great time and we all needed to relax after a long and busy semester. 

Riding a zebra around in circles and laughing with my friends made me realize that there is so much more to college than attending class and writing papers. College is the time when you form relationships with wonderful people, you go on crazy adventures and you experience new things every single day. Sometimes we have to dress up and be mature and professional and give presentations and speeches and sometimes we can be silly with our friends and feel like kids again. 

There are many things that happen in these four years that are difficult, stressful and sometimes even painful, but there are so many other things that are exciting, eye-opening and nothing short of amazing. College is one of the best times of your life, so enjoy the ride.