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Senior year, it’s already here
Posted Sept. 14, 2007

Marilee Lorusso
Editor in Chief

Is it me or does it feel like summer flew by way too fast? Between work, interning and a little fun here and there, the semester has hit me hard and fast.

I can’t believe that we are already two weeks into the fall semester which also happens to be senior year for many, including me.

Forgive me for sounding cheesy, but it really does feel like it wasn’t too long ago that I was moving away from home and into Stu-Han and getting ready for my first year here at the University of La Verne.

High school wasn’t my favorite time and I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

I wanted the freedom from my parents, a new place and new faces.
Living in the dorms is an experience I will never forget. From my first year living there and making new friends, getting ready to go out together, to cheering at football games, going to parties and making late night runs to Circle K for study breaks.

I didn’t believe it when people told me that these four years would fly by, but they really have gone by pretty quickly.

It has been weird for me to not see some familiar faces around campus anymore and it’s even harder to realize that a lot of things have changed.
But I have to say the hardest thing to cope with is that I feel old with all of the new freshmen running around campus...just kidding.

I’ve been waiting for this year to come. As a matter of fact, I think I started counting down my first day of classes at ULV. I think it may just have been due to the actual idea of having to go to class when all I wanted to do was have fun.

Now, to be honest, I’m kind of hoping that the year will slow down just a little bit so I can enjoy one more year of being able to fend off bills, the dreaded task of finding a “real” job and just being a young adult and doing all the fun things that come along with that.

The thought of graduating, really being on my own and having to start my career is exciting but it also freaks me out a little bit.

With this new school year I also hope that I have time to catch my breath and take part in everything that is to come this year.

Our campus has already undergone some drastic changes. It’s amazing to see how much construction (and destruction) has occurred as well as the teams with new coaches, new professors and the new activities that are offered on campus.

Along with these changes, I have had a chance to reflect on my time here at La Verne.

My first years here, I know now that I may have overdone the whole being able to do what I wanted, but those experiences have only taught me lessons.

These four years are valuable because, first, of course, we get to stay up all night doing homework and freaking out about exams, but it’s also when you really start figure things out about yourself.

Everything starts to fall into place a little bit more.

At least, that is how it has worked out for me.

I have had my share of good times, bad times and situations I could or couldn’t control here at ULV, but I’ve learned something from every single one of those experiences. I was involved in different activities than I am now, and I have had friends come and go and come back again and it’s all just a part of the growing process.

It would be nice to just go to classes and graduate in four years, but for me, it’s been everything in between that has made my time here valuable.

My plan for the year is to try to slow down, catch up and take everything in.

Marilee Lorusso, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at