Georgia Southern really has become my second home. Eagle Nation and Georgia Southern really is a family, and Eagle Nation sure does show up and show out for everybody and everything, no matter the situation. And being a Biology major really has taught me a lot about myself these last few years. I'm not going to sugar coat it and say that every class and every day was super easy and will be easy here on out because it isn't, and it won't be. There are nights where fellow classmates and I were in the library late studying for an exam, but I wouldn't trade those nights either. During those late night study sessions when concepts and ideas start coming together and connecting with other ideas is when it made me realize that everything is going to be okay. I'm going to get through it, and this is really what I want to do. And the Biology department just kind of embodies that as a whole, because they do try to offer as many opportunities for students as early as their first semester, and that may be working with a professor during research, or helping students be supplemental instruction leaders later on in their career after getting through some other classes, or just kind of working in the department here and there, helping out with some other things, or being involved in other events going on within that department.
Professors do try and make those classes feel kind of personal and make them their own in some aspects, and the department itself does try and make the classes and students grow and kind of make them as personalized for their degree, and so that way they kind of know and have a better understanding of what they want to do after they graduate. Which, graduation may seem like a long time from now, but it really isn't. A lot of people start looking at it as early on.
Being a Biology major has had its ups and downs, but over my experiences these last four semesters has made me realize that there are a lot more ups than there are downs. And my two biggest pieces of advice for you is one, don't let the classes discourage you. You're going to get through it, it's gonna be okay. And two, don't let the courses and courseload keep you from getting involved on campus. I've been a Southern Ambassador for three semesters, I played intramurals for two semesters, and I joined a sorority. So as for now, again, congratulations on your acceptance. I wish each and every one of you the best of luck on your school year, and I can't wait to see you again in the fall. Thank you.