September 11, 2003  
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The end of "college" life is finally near

Stuff & Things
Kelly Marcella

Campus Life Editor

Well it's finally here. At some points during this long and blurry trip I often thought I would never make it to the end. But alas, I'm still here and will soon be bestowed next spring (if all goes to plan) with that piece of paper that cost me countless dollars, sleepless nights and coffee overdoses.

I look back at my last three years at Western and sigh with relief because I believe despite spending immeasurable amounts of time either toiling away at a student newspaper or writing long winded, often B.S. filled essays - I've made the best of it.

However, hindsight is 20/20 and I do admit there are a few things that if given the opportunity I would have done a little differently. So, while I still have a full year ahead of me before I leave this campus, some words of advice are still in order.

1. Party, party, party. Yes, we all know we're here to go to school. And yes, we are all on tight student budgets. But hey - you only get to do this once so get out there and do it. Whether it's taking a weekend road trip, going to see a concert or just a night out in the local watering holes, don't shy away from a good time. In retrospect, I think I could have spent more time away from the books.

2. Keep in touch. Unfortunately for me, many of the friends I made in first year are no longer here, and sadly enough, I hardly get a chance to talk to any of them. I've been known to be terrible at keeping in contact with people - I blame my grueling schedule (In truth, I think most of it is laziness, but we won't tell anyone.)

3. Be active. I admit, I haven't been the queen of physical fitness since I've gone to university - but I'm working on it. You may think there's not enough hours in the day to fit in a workout, but trust me, it's worth it. Not only will you sleep better at night, but you'll get rid of a lot of stress. And who needs stress anyways?

4. Find an extracurricular activity. It's all about time management kids. From academic to social clubs, find one that interests you and sign up. If you find something you love, it will keep you from tearing out all your hair when your essays are late and exams are coming up.

5. Take a vacation. Frankly, I figure if you make the best of your years at Western you're going to need a vacation. Even if you spend some time mooching off the parents and doing nothing else, it's good to get away to recharge for another year of deadlines and debauchery.

All I can say is it's been one hell of a ride and I'm glad it's almost over.



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