Hey y’all! My name is Callie Elonen. I am from Knoxville, Tennessee and am probably the least “country” girl you will ever meet. (I thought I would attempt to be stereotypical and throw “hey y’all” in as some of the first words in my blog. What’s a better first impression?) No, seriously, I think my first post on the UW-Madison Official Class of 2020 said it best. To sum it up, I love adventure, the outdoors, singing, photography, snowboarding, and, most of all, I am a people person. If that convinced you to be my friend, consider my work here done.
A lingering idea is constantly in my head, “it’s time.” The thought begs to be paid attention to and I do so by wishing it away, then wishing it back. Freshman year of high school I was told, “These will be the fastest four years of your life.” Now, here I sit in the same predicament but not without reflecting on the past.
In the time leading up to senior year, I was convinced graduation night would be a pivotal moment, with tears streaming down my face. To my surprise, however, it was more of a celebration. Instead, it was the many ‘lasts’ that brought on the flood: knowing this is the last lunch, the last football game, the last walk through the halls smiling at these familiar faces. I began noticing that certain people meant a lot to me, and realized that I would be losing everything I had become so familiar with.
I think that is my biggest fear- the unknown. Up until this very moment, a lot of the people I met and the things I did depended on my parents. Now, all of the decisions are up to me. I hope I don’t screw up.
However, with every ‘last’ comes a new beginning. Here I am, at the starting line, anticipating the count down. I may be a tad nervous, but I am ready. Three…two…one…but wait…it is not the countdown I should be paying attention to. Instead, it is the other runners and the people cheering me on. I’ve realized that I need to take a step back and enjoy these last few moments with family, friends, and the familiar, because soon, I will be taking off from the starting line ready to find myself at UW-Madison. #YouAtUW