By Monica Illes
UC Santa Barbara Class of 2014
English Major, Professional Writing Minor with a Multimedia Communication Emphasis
When I started as a freshman at UCSB, there were things I never thought I’d do. My life was filled with uncertainty. Would I like it here? Would I fit in? What would college classes be like? As an oldest child, I was so nervous about the whole going-away-to-college thing that practically all I could think about was surviving my first night in my dorm. I never thought I’d try ballroom dance classes or present a paper in a lecture or be able to balance class and a part-time job. But as time wore on I did all of those things and more. Trying new things, I learned, really is the best way to grow.
As I get ready to graduate in less than a month, I am again filled with uncertainty. I don’t know exactly what I want to do after I graduate, and for once in my life I have no idea what I’ll be doing a year from now. But I feel more comfortable with myself now than I did four years ago. I feel more knowledgeable, more confident, and more aware of what I want in life. Part of me wishes my time at UCSB didn't have to end, but I'm excited for the learning and adventures that are to come. Moving onward is another opportunity for growth, and I am ready to make the most of it.