Endings & Beginnings

As I sat in the same lecture hall I was in 4 years ago trying to embrace the end of my time at school, I can’t help but feel like college isn’t over yet. I have no sentiments or overwhelming emotions like some of my friends and graduates have had. In fact, to be honest, I was extremely bored during my graduation. And I am curious why this is happening, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. For me, college has never been about classes (sorry mom + dad). Don’t get me wrong, studying happened often, but when I think back on college very few, if any, of the things I think about are affiliated with class.

When I think about my college experience I think of my friends, how I met them and the times we were together, my trip to volunteer in New Orleans,  the two years I played Club Baseball, how good it felt when I finally declared a major, the places I worked at in the Chambana area, my study abroad experience, and how much I have grown as a person throughout that time. And it is when I think about these things that I become nostalgic and truly feel sad to be leaving this part of my life. So, it is no wonder when I finally got my bicycle fully prepared for the trip today, that I have started to become emotional.

The Illini 4000 symbolizes a lot for me. To a degree, it completely encapsulates what my college experience has been about. Not only was the Illini 4000 the first thing I heard about on campus, but it will also be the last thing I will ever do at the University of Illinois. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The people, purpose, my fellow riders, and everything about this organization are amazing and make me proud for deciding to be a part of it. That is why though it will be tough to end my career with this trip, I would not have it any other way.

I am excited, nervous, anxious, and stressed, but I also don’t mind this. Actually, I embrace this. Because for the next months I will be all of these feelings and more as I finish my college career with the Illini 4000 Bike America Team.

At this time, I would also like to thank everyone who donated to me and this organization. Without you, I would never have come close to being able to experience everything I will in the next 3 months. Truly, thank you for your generosity.

See you in New  York!

Comments (3)
  • Mary Russell Mary Russell says:

    Such wisdom! You’ll be a great ride leader, Marc.

  • kswanson Kevin Swanson says:

    Marc!! Awesome post bud. I totally hear you one what you had to say about how you’ve felt yourself change these last 4 years in college but imagine what the next 4 will bring!! You’re gonna have a great time and grow. See yall in Chicago, peace!

  • Kathy Maybaum says:

    Marc ~ Book education is great, but life education is at least as, if not more important…You have totally embraced and taken advantage of your college years away from home, in my eyes, what more could a parent ask for? These next few months on the road undoubtedly will also have a tremendous impact on your life. I look forward to hearing about your experiences and watching your future unfold, as it’s sure to be meaningful and exciting! Safe travels to you and all ~ XXOO

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