Student voices: Decision made, Addie's mind is at easeClasses are winding down, graduation parties are being planned and all of that has its own level of stress involved, but the uncertainty that has plagued me since I asked what college was in kindergarten has been put to rest.
By: Addie Iverson, Rosemount Town Pages
For the first time, in what seems like and eternity, I can take a deep breath. Next year I am headed to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and that definitive statement is my reward for the last 18 years of effort.
It feels amazing! Classes are winding down, graduation parties are being planned and all of that has its own level of stress involved, but the uncertainty that has plagued me since I asked what college was in kindergarten has been put to rest.
I don’t mean to gloat, because I know there are many who still have time left before they figure out exactly what lies ahead. I certainly don’t have the rest of my life figured out, but being able to say for certain I know where I will be come September 2012 is fantastic relief. For so much time I second guessed my choices, but once I made the decision, it felt right.
Now there comes a whole other set of concerns regarding finances, flights and packing, but with the goal finally set, they don’t seem as intimidating. I can just enjoy the time I have left in Minnesota. Leaving is going to be hard, but the adventure that awaits will be worth it. I have gone through so many schools and options but I feel sure I made the right choice.
I never could have made this decision without the support of my friends, family and teachers; I wouldn’t have left the state, let alone the country, without their assurances. I want to thank everyone for their help in that. It hasn’t been easy but it has been entirely worth it. Because I can now say, with no doubt in my mind, the next four years I will be attending the University of Edinburgh.
Addie Iverson is a senior at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every third week in the Town Pages. If you would like to be a student columnist next school year, call editor Nathan Hansen at 651-460-6606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.