Well… the time has come. Senior night is right around the corner and I’m having mixed feelings. Part of me could not be more excited. The excitement is more about realizing I’m graduating and moving on. It could also be exciting because that means free time will become my new friend. The other part feels sad.

Knowing that I will not cheer ever again is kind of depressing. It is the end of a huge part of my life and I’m not what I’ll do. Don’t get me wrong, like I mentioned earlier, the free time will be awesome, but what the heck am I supposed to do with this time? Maybe I’ll take up a new trade or finally spend time with my friends. But what about cheerleading? What about my friends I’ve made? That part of my life is ending (cue the water works).

Cheerleading gives me a feeling that I cannot get anywhere else. It is going to be hard finding something else to replace, but that is what is exciting too. Finding that new thing will be something to look forward to. I do know that senior night will hit me hard, though I will not admit it in person. Celebrating the years I’ve had on an amazing team will be a great way to end the regular season. Next up, the Missouri Valley Conference in St. Louis. I love traveling and cheerleading, so putting both together always puts a smile on my face.

Cindy Kirchner is a senior studying public relations and business administration. She is also an Illinois State cheerleader. As a collegiate cheerleader, she is involved with being an ambassador to the school as well as fulfilling other duties in the community. She is happy to be part of the team for the fourth year and is looking forward to another exciting season. Follow her on Twitter @CMKirchner

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