I've known December of 2016 is when I'd graduate for two years now. It's always been this date that seemed so far away! When my best friends graduated a year ago it only made the wait seem longer. Then another group of friends graduated in May (after what was probably the worst and longest 5 months of my life..) and December couldn't come soon enough! This semester has flown by and my eagerness to graduate still hasn't faded, but the fact that I'll soon be done is no longer this endless count down, it's a date less than a month away!
Now to the realization of graduating..
The seating at Faurot Field is designed so that the students sit on the east side and the west side is for alumni (or donors might be more accurate), and the end zones are just mixes of all kinds of fans. The tradition is that the student section starts the "M-I-Z" chant and the alumni side says the "Z-O-U" part. At graduation that is something our Dean does, he tells us the story behind the "M-I-Z-Z-O-U" and then he says "M-I-Z", letting the graduates shout the "Z-O-U".
It wasn't until the second half of the football game though, when the student sections started the "M-I-Z-Z-O-U" chant that I kind of felt like we were in the wrong place. Well actually, my friends are alumni so maybe I was the only one out of place. Anyways, it was just a moment in time where something that has seemed so natural suddenly makes you stop and think.
Yet, Friday when it was the alumni side's turn to say "Z-O-U" I realized the change; in three short weeks I'd no longer be a Mizzou student, I would be alumni.
By no means do I want to tack on another semester or go back to freshman year, but leaving this school makes me a little sadder than I expected. Regardless of the ups and downs this University has had, (and let me tell you the ups and downs during my time here are unlike many schools have seen in their entire existence) it has been my home and the place that has helped me become the person I am today. When some of your best memories, best friends, and greatest accomplishments have all come from one place it is bound to mean a lot to you. I'm so ready for the next part of my life and the new adventure that grad school will be for me, but Mizzou will always hold a special place in my heart!