I'd like to start this post by congratulating all the graduating seniors for reaching the final deadline of all college apps. For the non-seniors out there, today (May 1st) marks the nationwide deadline for committing to a college. There's no more worrying about which essays need to be written and which forms need to be submitted. I remember when this day came around, exactly one year ago, I couldn't help but feel bittersweet about the moment.
When I put in my deposit to attend Olin College, I wanted nothing more than to celebrate. It was at that moment that it dawned on me that the next four years of my life were figured out. For all of high school, it was always preparing for the next step and trying to get ahead of the game. When will I be taking the SAT or ACT? Are my grades good enough? Will my counselor approve my list of colleges? Did I submit all my forms? When I finally put in my deposit, I felt relieved of that burden and I could live in the moment. I could finally enjoy the next few months, without trying to preempt the next step. It was very comforting to know exactly where I would be for the next four years and not have to worry about what comes next.
Exactly one year ago, as a senior, I felt like it would be the last time in my life where I would have absolutely no major obligations. Once I passed my classes, there was nothing left to do except enjoy what I had. I remember cherishing the few months that I'd be living with my parents and the last time my group of friends would be together. This was a really special time. I encourage all of you to take a moment, and consider how unique an opportunity you have before September when you move in. This is the last time in your life where you will have this same kind of transition. Take this time to celebrate who you are and what you've accomplished with your friends and family. Soak it all up, but remember to look ahead.
No matter how many things are ending (high school, friendships, relationships, etc), there is so much to look forward too. Get pumped! For you all who are attending Olin next year, get ready for the time of your life.
On the Olin side of things, as our year comes to an end, projects are finishing up and the work load is at an all-time peak (which is saying a lot given how much work Olin gives its students). I've been busy building a mechanical hand, modeling a human powered helicopter, writing MatLab code to filter images (smoothing filter and edge detection), and building circuits to make a polygraph machine. Yet, in the midst of all this work, tomorrow the Olin Community will join together to celebrate the second annual Olin Build Day. This is a day where students, faculty, and staff all get together to celebrate the community that is a tight family here at Olin. There will be many projects happening around the school which will all help improve identifieds needs and build a stronger bond between students and administration. A few of the activities include "Cooking with Faculty," "Decorating the Stairwells in the Academic Center", and "Developing the Olin Curriculum." Things like this are what make Olin special, and why I'm really enjoying my time here. I feel like I have the space and resources to keep developing the school and improve it in ways that benefit me as a student, and the experience of all the other students at Olin as well.