The end of my time at the University of North Texas as an undergraduate student has all too quickly come to an end. This Saturday I will leave my life as a student behind and walk across the stage and receive my diploma; a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. My time at UNT has been special. I am thankful for every minute I’ve been able to call this campus my home. From living in a terrible apartment to being one of just a handful of students standing in the rain in December watching Lance Dunbar break the all time rushing record, I will cherish each and every memory.
I arrived on campus as a know-it-all-already libertarian, eager to finish school and make my mark in the real world. In fact, I had actually considered transferring away from UNT because I thought it was too easy (ironic for someone who made a 2.5 GPA his first semester). But then, I took some calculus. I took some advanced economics. Later, I took a course in environmental philosophy taught by a guy named Joey. I realized I didn’t have any of the answers. The academics at UNT, along with one of the most diverse student bodies in the state of Texas really broadened my horizons. I am intellectually honest enough to consider others’ ideas and understand that my own may not be correct. My heart has softened to sympathize with those less fortunate. I understand what it means to support your team because they are your own. For these things, I am grateful.
I have met some amazing people at UNT and in the city of Denton. Everyone who helped create and support my student organization, Mean Green Dodgeball, will not be forgotten. I look forward to connecting with each member again someday. The blue-collar yet creative heartbeat is what makes Denton and UNT so special; it truly is a melting pot.
I will be joining UNT as a full-time staff member starting in January, but there will always be a special place in my heart during my time as an undergraduate. Whenever else in your life are you going to leave a library at 2:00 am to take a break from studying accounting? Yeah, I’m weird because I’ll miss things like that, but my perspective is this: I have the rest of my life to work. I’m going to enjoy everything I can now, even if it is staying up until 2:00 am to study for something like financial markets and institutions.
I’ll end by saying this: If I could do it all over again, I would. The stress of finals, the 8:00 am classes, Spanish, football games, basketball games, papers, Big Mike’s coffee. I would do it all again in a heartbeat, and I would do it all again at the University of North Texas.
Singing glory to the green, singing glory to the white,
For we know our university is striving for the right;
Down the corridor of years, we’ll forget the joys and tears,
But North Texas, North Texas, we love!