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The Final Stretch

April 27, 2011   I feel the end is near. The thermometers are reading "80," the back covers of textbooks are within sight, and May days are on the horizon. The semester is coming to an end. Of course, that brings with it papers, and finals, and projects, and all the things we wish school would just do away with, but it's also a time for us to look back, look forward and see just where everything is.

It's hard to believe that I'm on the verge of completing my sophomore year at Hamilton. It may sound cliche, but it's true: I feel like I just started here. It's amazing how quickly time flies. Next year I'll be a junior, an upperclassman. I'll be visiting Europe while I study abroad half the year, living in a whole new dorm the other half. I'll be beginning to decide what exactly I'll be doing after graduation -- and it won't be a fantasy I can put off for the future. It's going to be a reality.

It all seems impossible, and it's all on my doorstep. But, alas, it's still in the future. I've got the next few weeks to ponder first. I won't bore you by talking about the papers and finals that will be blocking up the next two weeks. Instead, I'll let you in on the hottest topic on campus right now (other than the weather, of course): summer plans.

Hamilton students do all sorts of things -- from researching here on the Hill to teaching English on the other side of the world. As for myself, I'll be working in my senator's office. I'm toying with the idea of having a career in public service, and this seemed like a great stepping stone for me. Of course, this, like most public service internships, is unpaid, and so I had to find a way to make some money during the summer. Hamilton to the rescue! The College awards students stipends to help pay for the cost of an internship that a student normally could not afford to take. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get one, and I will be able to experience the life of a public servant first hand.

If the college keeps presenting me these opportunities, maybe I shouldn't be so worried about coming up with plan for after graduation. The halfway point is nearly here, but I've still got a lot of time left on the Hill -- and I plan to milk it for all it's worth.