I had a teacher in junior high go off on a spiel one day about how our high school and college years would fly by.”Sure,” I thought as I watched him, “you also eat chalk.”
(He actually did eat chalk on more than one occasion.)
Now, I find myself looking back on my last four and a half years at TCU (yes, I’m a super senior) and thinking that very thing: My college career really has flown by.
Sure, I’ve been talking about our upcoming graduation for a while, but it didn’t really hit me until this week. Although I don’t know where I’m going to be after Winter Break, chances are good that I’ll be leaving Fort Worth. And even though it’s an exciting time, the thought of moving away from the city and the campus I’ve grown to love so much these last few years makes me a little sad. There’s so much to like about Fort Worth.
I’ll miss how the servers at IHOP don’t care that we take up their tables for six hours of studying during finals week.
I’ll miss the purple-chested guys at football games.
I’ll miss watching TCU students come out the door of The Cellar at 2 a.m. and stumble across Berry Street to Fuzzy’s.
I’ll miss the amazing sunsets behind Frog Fountain.
I’ll definitely miss goofing around with the other Skiff editors. It’s been an amazing year and a half, guys. Thank you.
This list could go on forever, but as I sit here writing this column, I realize there are things I will not miss.
I will not miss the guys driving the little car around campus at five o’clock every day and blasting that stupid horn that’s supposed to scare all the birds away.
I won’t miss having two papers, a test and a group project all due in the same week.
I will definitely not miss having no free time even though I’m only taking 12 hours.
I also don’t think I’ll miss having to take a jacket to class in the summer because it’s freezing inside every building at TCU.
Despite the ups and downs of the last four (and a half) years, I realize that TCU has become more than just a school.
The TCU campus, and the city of Fort Worth, has become home now, and I know it will always be special, no matter what happens in the future.
Before I end, thanks go out to a great many people.
To my parents, for forking over the cash (and also for supporting me in everything I do). I love you.
To Stephen, for putting up with me this year. I cannot imagine my life here without you. Thanks for making me laugh every day.
To my sister, for being one of my best friends and for taking care of my dog.
Finally, I have to say thanks also to the TCU student body, professors, administrators and staff for letting me photograph you all over campus this semester. It’s been fun.
Photo Editor Emily Goodson is a senior news-editorial journalism major from Athens.