Nineteen days left. As I continue the countdown I started before my last semester at PLNU even began, my emotions are all over the place. The excitement for a new adventure is overwhelming. However, the anxiety due to the unknown of what graduation will hold for me fights for top billing. It is also hard to be excited for an occasion that means saying goodbye to friends I have had since NSO and others who I am just getting to know. The amazing thing about Point Loma Nazarene University is the people and the community that those people create.
I cannot count the number of times I have sat alone in the Caf with the intention of studying, but been interrupted by some kind freshmen who sat down with me. While the interruption was not exactly desired, I always packed up my books and welcomed the new friends. In no other circumstance would a group of 18-year-olds sit down with a complete stranger just because they perceive her to be a lonely weirdo. Even though their perception is a tad off base, I admit I can be weird at times (but not lonely). I admire their consideration for others and willingness to include everyone.
As I enter the “Real World,” I will miss the smiles and awkwardly-timed hellos on Caf Lane as participants avoid eye contact until they reach the appropriate distance from each other to finally say hello. Point Loma is a place where everyone you pass is a friend or holds the potential to become one. I hope to carry that mentality from college into every situation I find myself. All who I come across are potential friends. I have zero idea what I will be doing or where I will be in a month, but I have loved where I spent the past four years.
Jacobs is a media communications major with a production concentration and a sustainability minor. She spent her first two years at PLNU as a part of Campus Activity Board, coordinating activities her sophomore year, such as the Fashion Show. She worked two years working for the sustainability department on campus. She served as a D-group leader her sophomore year on the 3rd North Hall in Nease and has had the opportunity to take part in the Senior Mentoring program on campus this year. She has spent many long hours in the TV studio involved with Point TV as a producer, actor and crew member on productions.