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Time is passing by quickly; we’re only three weeks away from the end of yet another academic year. I’ve been extremely busy with schoolwork, but this weekend, I was able to fly home to attend my brother’s college graduation and his commissioning into the Air Force.

It was quite an emotional weekend, and I was able to reflect upon a variety of things. It only seemed like a matter of weeks ago that I was starting my freshman year in high school while my brother finally reached college. The idea of attending university seemed so distant at the time; I believed that college would be a monumental experience in my life and I felt like it would take forever before I finally graduated high school.

Time passed by faster than seemingly possible, and here I am. I’m about to finish my first year of college, and my brother has finished college and is about to leave home. Although I’m beyond proud and happy for my brother and excited for my future, I will definitely be looking back upon these last few years with nostalgia; I’m very appreciative of my experiences I’ve had thus far and wish for my future to be just as memorable.

This weekend made me realize that my time in college will likely pass by even faster than high school, and I’d like to remind all of you to seize the day and take advantage of all the wonderful resources we have around us, in order to live a fulfilled life without any regrets.

Alvin is a west coast kid at heart (coming from San Jose, California), but is excited to start many adventures here in Minnesota. He plays for the soccer team here at Carleton and loves exercise. If he’s not on the soccer field, in the gym, or out on a bike ride during his free time, he can be found in one of the lounges playing Exploding Kittens, or in the music building playing piano. He is a potential economics major with an interest in computer science and mathematics.