Last week I overheard a girl talking about how many weeks of college she had left — and that’s when it hit me: after today, I have exactly 50 weeks left in my college career. 50! That’s a frighteningly small number! How did that happen!?

Granted, I feel like I’ve had enough experiences to count for a lifetime of college (hello, who goes to two different colleges during their undergrad career? this girl), but at the same time that does not mean I’m ready for it to be over just yet! There’s still so much I want to do while I still have the cherished college cushion (college is a bubble, yes, but it’s also a buffer and an amazing time to delve into your personal interests and really figure out who you are). Classic Cat would make a list of things she wants to do in these precious 50 weeks (which would inevitably turn into a stress-inducing to-do list), but I think Contemporary Cat is just going to go with the flow, seize opportunities as they arise, take risks, and set her only goal as living in the moment. I’m never going to stop pushing myself like crazy, but it’s time to let go and let live!

So whether you’re a first year with 110 weeks left, a sophomore with 80 weeks left, a junior with 50 weeks left, or a senior with just 20 weeks left (eek!), join me in making college count!

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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