It's weird for me to think about graduating. I always knew I was going to graduate, and for a long time, I was excited for it. I wanted to graduate. For my career, I had to do more schooling, and I was and am so excited to learn more about my field.
But at the same time, I'm already feeling nostalgic. I look at freshmen going into classes and feel unbelievably jealous they still get to experience college and growing up. I walk by my old professors and wish I was still sitting in their classes, learning new exciting things for the first time.
I have always been a sentimental person. I cried during my high school graduation and when I moved to college, and I'm probably going to cry next week. However, I don't think this is a bad thing.
Going to IU has been one of the best decisions of my life. While I was here, I learned more about myself than I ever expected. I discovered what I wanted to study and became confident enough to believe I could do it. I learned how to be a better friend and how to handle a break up.
Moreover, I learned how to be myself and take opportunities, and I think that's why I am so nostalgic about graduating this weekend.
This weekend, I will have shut a door on one stage of my life and that's scary. It's scary for me not to know what's going to happen in a year. And at times like this, it's normal to be nostalgic.
Nostalgia is a normal emotion, and in small doses, it can have a positive affect on our lives.
The University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and the Nostalgia Group defined nostalgia as a complex emotion, which assigns a positive emotion to a past memory. It can be triggered by smells, sounds or loneliness.
Nostalgia often involves a mixtures of emotions including happiness, loss and longing.
And while I and other graduating seniors may be nostalgic now, this can have a positive affect on our lives.
There have been multiple research papers about how nostalgia affects our mood. Professor Constantine Sedikides of the University of Southampton found nostalgia can lead to a positive effect on mood and increase self-esteem and social connectedness.
Another study found nostalgia can counteract loneliness because it increases the idea of social support.
With all of this research, I feel more justified than ever to be nostalgic about graduating.
I have had a great four years at IU. They have made me into the person I am and introduced me to some of my best friends.
And I know in four months when I am missing IU, Bloomington and all of my friends, I still have my memories.
Like what you're reading? Support independent, award-winning college journalism on this site. Donate here.
More in Opinion
Acknowledging the past is the only way to change the present and future.
ICE's new rules regarding international students and online classes are cruel.
Maybe it's time to bring democratic lotteries out of hibernation.