Four years at New England College, wow, sounds like such a long time, yet feels like yesterday. I remember when I decided to attend NEC, I wasn’t really sure about it because of the distance from my home on the Cape. It was a 2½ hour drive, but I also had aspirations of going far away to Florida or even California, somewhere warm, by the water. New England College was the opposite of what I wanted, but I guess it was what I needed.

I started in the Fall of 2015, and I am one of the remaining few who stayed all four years. My freshman year I had so many friends I thought would be in my life forever, but that quickly changed when they transferred out after first semester, or just never returned for the following the academic year.

I always talk to my friends who decided to go to state schools, or big party schools, and they are shocked when I tell them about some of the things we get to do at NEC. I am in a Game of Thrones class in my senior spring semester, and yes, I actually get credits for it. We discuss world events and then tie them to Game of Thrones, and it’s a fun and informational class. What some people don’t see is the class is actually getting us involved in world news, which usually students in our day and age don’t involve themselves in. NEC makes learning fun, and that’s why I love it.

As graduation gets closer, I’ve come to the realization that I won’t see many of the faces that I’ve passed by the past four years ever again. It’s a sad thought, but it’s okay because I know the friends I made are lifelong friends. The people I won’t see again are what I am leaving, but memories somehow always leaves a smile on my face. The connections I made here at NEC are unforgettable, just like the people. Who would have thought a small town where nothing stays open past 11pm was the place I needed? Definitely not me, but I’m happy I chose NEC.

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