DSU graduates discuss future plans, cherish college memories

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Dixie State University has become a home for many students over the course of their college years. Whether you are leaving with a two- or four-year degree, there is a lot that has been learned and will be missed by graduates.

Every student has different plans after leaving sunny St. George. Some students will move back home, start their career or even go back to school and earn their master’s or doctorate.

Casey Banner, a senior social science secondary education major from Las Vegas, has big plans after he finishes up his time here at DSU.

“I want to become a high school history or psychology teacher,” Banner said. “I would also like to pursue a master’s in career and technical education with an emphasis in multicultural education. I also hope to run for the board of education in either Nevada or New York.”

A common saying college students hear over and over again is that our years spent in college are the best years of our lives. Whether you agree or disagree with that, you have to make the most of your time here at DSU. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

Haley Erickson, a senior communication major from Castle Rock, Colorado, said she is going to miss the freedom and the scheduling that comes with being in college.

“Having an adult schedule sucks to be completely honest,” Erickson said. “In school, I would get three weeks off for Christmas, but now I only get two days. I’m so used to having Fridays off, being done with my day by 2 p.m. and having school be my only worry. Now that I have a real job working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., I feel I have most of my freedom taken away from me.”

While life after school may not be all that exciting, students should enjoy the time they have at DSU. There are lots of things to learn while in school. Whether it’s learning more about yourself, life or things in the classroom, there is always something valuable to take away from time in college.

Eddie Cambria, a senior criminal justice major from Hotchkiss, Colorado, said he has learned a lot during his time here at DSU, but one certain thing stands out the most.

“The most helpful thing I’ve learned during my time at Dixie [State University] is how to efficiently skill-build and better myself,” Cambria said. “I get excited about spending time learning the ins and outs of different subjects to help me become more competent in my career field.”

School doesn’t always have to be dreadful. Take advantage of the opportunity you have that comes with attending DSU. In the long run, you won’t regret it.