May 9
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES

Bittersweet is the only feeling to describe graduation. I am so happy for my friends who will be graduating this weekend, but at the same time I’m a little sad. I’ve always seemed to be friends with an older crowd of people and each year it’s difficult to say goodbye to my friends who move on to the ‘real world.’ I like to think that my friends who move away now live in my computer or my phone. I know that they’re only a phone call away and they’ll still be living on g-chat, maybe just not until the wee hours of the morning anymore.

I won’t see them in the halls of Mumford or in the study rooms of the ACES Library any longer, but I know I’ll see them down the road. When I look at the network of ACES alumni, it’s pretty cool to think that a lot of my really good friends are a part of that and soon I will be, too.

It’s hard to imagine that I’ll never walk to class with some of my friends again, nor will I study abroad with them again. However, it makes me even more thankful for the opportunities and the amount of time I’ve been able to spend with them.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go, but others stay for a while and they leave footprints on our hearts that change us forever. This is very true for my friends who are graduating- they’ve all touched my life in some way. Some I’ve known for longer than four years and others I’ve known for less, but either way they’re all special and I know they’re going to do great things!