By Tyler Kearn '15
There are standard questions Boothies ask each other when we’re interacting. They started with “Where were you before Booth?” and “What random walk were you on?”. They progressed to “Where will you be over the summer?”and “Where will you be after Booth?”. Now that we’re almost at the end, there seems to be only one: “Are you ready for it to be over?”
My answer is quite short: no. I am not ready for Booth to be over. Practically, it needs to be over for all kinds of reasons – financial, career growth, and so on. Graduations, like most kinds of endings, are always bittersweet, and this is no different. But in this case, most of the bitter half hasn’t hit yet, since the realization that I’m not going to see a large number of classmates again has not yet sunk in.
In fact, not much has sunk in because it still does not feel like graduation is imminent. I’m still going to class, involved with a few last things, and in a routine that is not too different than the one I’ve been in for most of my two years here.
Much of 2nd year programming this quarter has been dubbed “ReOrientation”, but the truth is there is simply not enough time to allow students to properly reorient to lives outside of Booth. Booth’s orientation is quite lengthy, and is effective at easing you into business school and indoctrinating you into Booth. I wish the school spent more time and effort helping with the reverse transition – easing you out of the bubble rather than having it be so abrupt.
All throughout Booth, there’s talk of FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. It’s pervasive. There are so many things one could potentially do that no one can possibly do them all. In the last few weeks, FOMO has turned into COMO – Certainty of Missing Out. With everyone trying to squeeze things into the short time left at Booth, I’m constantly making decisions between which conflicting things to go to. It’s a good problem to have. I can only hope my social calendar will be so full at some point in my future.
In my experience, it’s hard to keep in touch with people after graduations. People are in different places, and move on to different social groups, activities, and interests. It’s a little easier now that we’re in the age of Facebook and other social media, but far from ideal.
So we should all make an effort to not lose touch with friends from Booth., If you haven’t seen a friend in over a month, please reach out! I, for one, will be glad you did!
Tyler is a graduating second-year moving to Salt Lake City after Booth. Formerly Lifestyle Editor for Chibus, he is excited to have an article in his last-ever issue as a Booth student.