MEIDENBAUER | The Beginning of the End: COVID and College

For all of us in the 2022 Class, this period marks the beginning of our “last” ones. Our last first day of class. Last time we go back to the Collegetown apartments. Our last semester ever. Even as I’m writing this, it doesn’t feel real, mostly thanks to Zoom University.

Like so many other seniors, I continue to fear the inevitable questions about postgraduate plans. Part of me feels like it’s somehow wrong to plan for a while after Cornell – the part of me that doesn’t know how to imagine life any other way. After all, like many of us, I’ve spent 16 of my 21 years in the education system; being a student is a huge part of my life.

That said, the other part of me can’t wait to leave and face the elusive “real world” I glimpse every summer. This time, however, there is no expiration date; there is no red circle looming on the back to school calendar. The real world seems limitless. The other part of me can’t wait to stop the world from burning or go out in flames by trying.

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