If you haven’t noticed, despite the unusual cold and surprising snow showers, it is April and only a few quick weeks remain until Waynesburg seniors graduate May 1 in front of Miller Hall. 

Many people with senior friends often start off the academic year with big plans knowing they won’t be around on campus much longer: a trip to here and there, watching a movie every weekend, going out to eat at your favorite restaurant, etc. 

However, more likely than not, you realize right about now that you accomplished few or none of those goals. 

Now, this is not supposed to be a “shame on you” column, but it should at least be a wake up call for you to realize: it still isn’t too late to do something, and what you do can be is impactful. 

Yeah, there are finals coming up, which come with many papers, projects and presentations. 

But when you say you don’t have any free time, remember that you somehow find time to catch up on your favorite shows on Netflix. 

Spend that time instead with those senior friends and those you have really appreciated during your time on campus.

Without naming names, there are several seniors that I will be really sad to see go. Let me emphasize – very close friends of mine will be leaving. 

And as such, I’ve devoted time in my schedule to make sure I get to see these people plenty before they leave. 

In fact, I’m not only staying on campus to witness their graduation, but I’ll be spending some time post-graduation with them here in western Pennsylvania before I go back to where I live in New Jersey.

Yes, it will cost me some money to do that, but that’s just how important and valuable I consider these friendships to be. 

For those who may not have the luxury or the time to do something like that, please be sure to find something to do with those special seniors in your life, or at the very least, tell them how much they have meant to you since you've been at Waynesburg.

There’s nothing more special than giving a heart-to-heart saying exactly how you feel to a friend. 

And I’m not just saying that you should give a little “thanks for being my friend” and call that a good chat. 

I mean something along the lines of opening yourself up, expressing those true feelings you have and acting as if--and maybe with the real potential that--you may never see that person again in your life.

It is amazing how much more personal a conversation becomes when you treat it as if it is the last time you may talk to someone, and those are the chats that you will never, ever forget. 

Take it from this writer who lost his mother a month before his 18th birthday: you need to treat every conversation like it has value and importance, because you never know—it just may be that last chat you have and you don’t want to be hurting yourself over what you did or didn’t say or do.

While I’m a bit more methodical than most, laying out notes on my phone or on a scrap piece of paper of what I want to say so I don’t screw up, you should at least consider in your mind what you want to do or say to those seniors. 

So in this time of stress- and emotion-filled days and nights that all come with finals, don’t let these last few opportunities to spend time with your graduating senior friends pass you by. 

Yes, getting classwork done is important, but while that is in the short-term, friendships can last a lifetime. 

Make both work and you certainly won’t regret the decision in the years and decades to come.

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