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For SUNY Oswego Class of 2012 It’s The Dawning of A New Era

By Andrew Kunkel, contributing writer
OSWEGO, NY – It’s the middle of May and for many college students that means graduating and heading into the real world.

To me, it doesn’t feel remotely possible that my four-year career is coming to an end. It feels like just yesterday I was moving to campus, nervous yet excited about college and all it brings.

Graduating Seniors Catherine Roller, Jeffrey Miller and Patrick Frame are all smiles before the ceremony
Graduating Seniors Catherine Roller, Jeffrey Miller and Patrick Frame are all smiles before the ceremony

From the good times of meeting new people and building lifelong friendships, to the difficult times of staying up all night to do homework to keep up a good GPA, my times here have been unforgettable.

“I had no idea what to expect when I first came to college,” said Jeffrey Miller, a senior at SUNY Oswego. “It really has been one of the greatest experiences I could have imagined.”

Graduation is upon us, and the past week has been full of scrambling to get work done and tie up loose ends.

The school held a few events for students to get together and celebrate their accomplishments.

Caps and gowns were sold, putting the final touches to many people’s college careers. Whether going to grad school in Oswego or another college, or joining the job market the class of 2012 is well prepared to take on the world.

While some will stay in Oswego, graduating marks the end of most students’ time as a resident of Oswego.

With the move go familiar places, great friends, fantastic local food, and events such as Harborfest. But who could forget the beauty of being so close to Lake Ontario. Even when the winter is at its worst, the lake makes up for it ten fold in the summertime as a great place to go and relax.

Some of my best memories involve sitting by the water with friends, swimming, relaxing and meeting new people. A favorite trip of mine was walking down the breakwall on a summer day between classes only days after I had moved here.

The crowd outside the campus center after the ceremony.
The crowd outside the campus center after the ceremony.

Facing a job market that is shaky at best, many students including myself are returning to their hometowns to try and find employment. Which will be difficult but rewarding when success comes.

Some will work in a job unrelated to their majors; others will find the perfect fit. The uncertainty of life is something that is on many minds.

“Being a college graduate is great, but not knowing where I will be working weighs on you,” said Madison Schlaugies, a graduating senior who majored in teaching English to speakers of other languages. “I feel confident that no matter where I go I will be ready to take on any job.”