College, what can I say? It’s been a journey and a half to say the least. Three and a half years into college life and one semester comes between me and my degree. Right at this point I am very the most nervous I have ever felt in college, purely because I have no idea what is ahead of me. So, let’s go back 3 and half years… CAO offers day comes around and a really upset 17 year old Amy, gets offered a place in the University of Limerick, not her first choice but maybe it was the best choice. I took the place, not knowing anybody going to Limerick and I think that is what made me the most upset. Absolutely terrified, I searched for accommodation the very same day. Myself, my sister and parents drove from Wexford to Limerick and spent the whole morning ringing numbers, trying to get myself a house. We finally came across my to be house, I was content to move in as it seemed nice, the only problem was I was to live with five 2nd year boys, who I later found out were actually third years. I can still remember the first day of college like it was yesterday. I remember my heart racing, and not knowing what to say or what way to act in case people thought I was strange. I began chatting with a girl called michelle, who turns out to be one of my best friends to this day. We soon became friendly with 3 other girls and began to sit with each other in class and go out together on nights out. I remember hating college for a good month or two at the beginning, I just did not feel happy, I didn’t settle in the house I was living in but to my fortune I found a house on campus where there was a place. Another house full of boys, but these were first years, surely nothing could go wrong? Again, it took a while for me to settle but we all got along so well and actually became quite good friends. Second semester of first year came along and I can easily say it was the best semester I ever had in college. I loved my new house mates, I had my group of friends and we partied like there was no tomorrow! I finally felt at home. Second and third year came in no time and along the way I met some of the best people in the world, including one of my best friends who lives on the other side of the world. Being in fourth year and looking back now, I definitely think I have enjoyed the last three and a half years. I definitely could have done a lot more in college in regards to charity work and joining societies but to be honest, I don’t regret how I spent my free time because I enjoyed myself. Now, I am more nervous than ever because I am soon to graduate and enter the real world. No more lectures, no more parties, no more messing around, it’s actually time to grow up. I can’t believe it is coming to an end but without my best friends and everyone that I made friends with along the way, I couldn’t have done it without yous. Now I look at Limerick not as a place where I studied for four years, but as my home.