With my final semester in Athens nearing the halfway point, I can’t help but stop and check in on myself. Am I stressing out too much over classes? Am I spending enough time with friends? Am I completing all the things at OU that I’ve wanted to do and never have done in the past? 

I’m always go go go and I’m really trying to take this last semester to take a step back, smell the cherry blossoms and enjoy all the lasts here at OU. 

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From my last CHAARG retreat to my last Homecoming [and everything in between], it’s hard to not feel bittersweet. This university has become my home and I have no idea what I’ll do without weekend road trips for concerts and Sunday Donkey Coffee dates. But for now, I’ll just have to go to every concert, get a red iced tea and vegan cookie every Sunday and be present for every last moment. 

There are so many things I wish I’d done differently or things I wish I’d done sooner. I wish I’d had the chance to meet my friends sooner, came to OU sooner, maybe changed my major again [or never at all], gone to more CHAARG events my first semester and so much more. But, I’m reminding myself that I’m glad I’ve had all of these experiences, even though they came later than I wanted. 

There are so many firsts I still haven’t done here. I have never hiked up Bong Hill [an infamous hill to hike in Athens] and have never been to The Village Bakery, for example. I only have 6 more weeks to cram in a year’s worth of experiences. I know I’ll be able to do it though. With my friends by my side and the fact that they haven’t done a lot of these items on my OU bucket list either, I have a feeling many Saturdays will be filled with new memories and adventures. 

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I don’t regret any part of my OU [or college] experience. I’ve loved every second of the time I was here. Five semesters in the best place on Earth is far too few, so I’ll just have to make the most of every last second I have here. 

OU alumni, what are your favorite spots in Athens? Comment below!

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