Valarie Hetzler: Farewell Article

IMG_8071Valarie Hetzler
Staff Writer

There’s no doubt that a lot has been going on in these past few weeks; the Boston Marathon bombings, the recent death of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman and his funeral being picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church, stress building crunch time for students as they prepare for finals, and for graduating seniors, such as me, searching for substantial employment after Millersville, all while dealing with the debt that has been accumulating over the last 4 years.
It also doesn’t help when one of the commencement ceremony speakers is Governor Tom Corbett, who cut funding for higher education. The irony just never ceases.
That being said, a college experience is one where you get to make opportunities where you involve yourself in something greater than yourself, further develop your thinking, gain new and different perspectives on issues, and enhance social interaction using concepts you have learned.
I believe Millersville University has done just that. I am now able to do things that I couldn’t before, which is definitely nothing to sneeze at. It is quite difficult, though, to be excited for a new chapter to open in your life when you have so much running through your mind. “Will I get a job?” “If so, when?” “How will I repay the loans I borrowed?” “Am I ready to live on my own yet?” “Buy a car, house, etc…?”
These are all questions that everyone should ask themselves and take some time to think about it, but I have to say that when they get the best of you, you end up overlooking one of the most important reasons for attending college in the first place: to become a more educated, well-rounded, and skilled individual who will be able to contribute to society in ways you wouldn’t think you could.
Since I will be walking on the 18th, this will, unfortunately, be my last article. Therefore, it wouldn’t do any justice to not at least thank everyone who helped me along the way. From the professors to extra curricular activities, like The Snapper, to the secretaries, faculty members, dining staff, and other students, there are a good number of reasons to be grateful to be able to go to an institution like Millersville.
Education isn’t so easy to access in other parts of the world (for females especially), which is why I stress that education is the solution to many problems, as well as something that American culture should appreciate, instead of dogging it every chance it gets. Furthermore, your chances are still better at gaining employment with a bachelor’s degree than without, even though the economy and the crooked little boys and girls in the government make it increasingly harder for that to happen.
As someone who only raised the debt $16 trillion less than the “feddies” in DC, I give my farewell to everyone I have encountered at Millersville, my congratulations to the class of 2013, and last, but not least, good luck in your future endeavors.