Hello, friends! I’m glad you decided to join me one more time here at The NEW!

I’ll be honest, I think out of all the posts I’ve written this year, this is by far the hardest one. And part of the reason is because it’s hard to find the right words to say. But I think my thoughts can be summed up in one sentence: learning to pick up new things (no pun intended) is easy, but the difficult part is learning to let go.

I’m really gonna miss being a blogger!

Unfortunately, it is time for me to write my final post for The NEW. It’s a bit of a bittersweet feeling, but I think it’s important to learn to look at the bright side of things, and I want to make a note of what’s been accomplished during my time here. So please excuse me for a bit while I talk about my time here.

I must confess, from the very moment I started this work study position, I immediately found myself agonizing over whether or not I was good enough for the job. There I was, a first year student who hadn’t even set foot on campus before, and I’m going to be writing for the entire college student community. Yeah, no pressure.

Actual footage of me freaking out at my desk trying to craft the right introduction piece.

I still remember sitting at my computer, writing, deleting, and rewriting the introduction to my very first post over and over again to try and make it as “me” as possible. I remember overthinking things, then laughing to myself and remembering that this should come out more naturally.

Despite that (slightly) rocky start, I feel like I found my place quite quickly. This was my opportunity to speak to the community that I’m now a part of—to you, my friends—and I wanted to make sure that what I came up with would be useful to you. I wanted to utilize this new platform of mine to discuss things that matter to me, and to help brighten everybody’s days. I hope I accomplished that.

If there’s one thing that I take away from this experience—and that I hope you can as well—it’s that nothing is as intimidating as it may first seem. I strongly encourage you to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Because there are so many experiences out there waiting for you. You just have to take that first step towards them.

Speaking of experiences, the other thing I want to talk about is memories. You know, memory, that thing you try to rely on when you realize you’re failing a test and then start to—sorry, I’m getting off-track here.

At the end of the day, writing for The NEW was a really good experience, and I had a lot of fun working alongside all of the people who help make this work possible (shoutout to Nicole and Sarah for being so patient with me and helpful throughout my time here!). I wish I had more time to make some of my other ideas come true, but I’m so happy that I had the chance to be here with all of you.

I hope all of you have also made many happy memories that will last you for years to come. I know this year was tough, but the things you do during university are things that you’re going to look back upon fondly. And how do I know that? Just take a look at this:

A photo of the New College Don crew from 1997-1998. Awesome, right? Memories like this are things that we hold on to for many, many years. Image by Andrew Davidson via Twitter.

I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to continue to make the most of your college life. After all, the memories that we are making right now are special, and I really hope you’ll look back at New College with some good ones.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. So to end on a high note, I want to leave you all with one simple wish for the future:

I hope that all of you will continue to find happiness, enjoyment and success—not just throughout your university life, but for many years to come.

So, with my sights set towards the future, I’m signing off! And while I’m bidding The NEW farewell today, I’m still going to be around at New College for a few more years (I am still a first-year, after all!), so I hope to be able to meet you in person one day (once this whole COVID-19 thing is over, naturally).

Until we meet again, friends,

~ Jimmy