This Monday marked the last first day of my school career. As I came back to campus, the thought that this was my final year at Illinois had my mind swimming with emotions. For 18 years or so, I had been a sponge-absorbing the curriculum that would be the foundation to building who I would be. Little did I know, the past 4 years on campus would have been the most crucial part of discovering myself. As the first few days of the semester began, I chose to reflect on the memories I had since my Freshman year. What I saw was a young, naive freshman being toured by the current President of Hillel, breaking spoons at her first freshmen dinner, and meeting the people who would soon become lifelong friends. I saw the once naive freshman beginning to get involved in leadership positions and grow closer to the Hillel family that surrounded her. I looked back and saw how every single day spent in Hillel and on campus was special. These moments created me, and they all hold a special place in my heart. As President Lincoln once said, we could choose to complain about how rose bushes have thorns and he is right. All of us could look back at our past and feel bitter towards the ending of something. Whether it be you leaving summer camp, you leaving home for the first time or experiencing your last first day of school. No matter what it is, there will always be moments passing by in your lifetime. However, you can let the bitterness that you may feel dictate your future. From one President to another, I chose to rejoice because a thorn bush could grow roses. Only then can you see the past as being merely a chapter in your book of life and with that, you will always have a bright future ahead of you.