How to End a Long Term Relationship

March 24, 2017  |   Found in Editorial

Dear University of Calgary,

While the last five years have been noteworthy, it’s time we part for good after this final lap. My time with you has changed me immeasurably and for that, I want to both thank you and never see you again.

Trust me, it’s not you, it’s me.

I’m not the same girl that I was in First Year, and certainly no longer the one you fell for. That desire to score a 4.0 GPA every semester and to be a social butterfly? Gone. That attend-every-single-class streak? Out the window. That happy go lucky, go-getter attitude? Houdini’ed. I hope you understand that I just need to focus on myself, and a part of that is moving on to bigger and better things. I am going to graduate.

We’re on different paths now and it’s for the best that we start seeing other people. You must have known our days were numbered. You must have known we were never going to last. It’s time that we set each other free.

Just know that I still love you. I’m just not in love with you.

Since I’m being so frank, here are some things you ought to know about our relationship—for your own good:

You sprung midterms on me at times when I needed them the least. I didn’t appreciate that.

You insisted that I see you every single day. Sometimes even on weekends, too. How demanding and needy. You should work on that.

You’re an expensive date. My gosh, you had me paying for everything.

You made me gain weight. Not cool.

You drove me to illness.

You turned me into a hermit at least a dozen times throughout the year.

You compromised my sleeping schedule.

You put me in a state of perpetual anxiety, stress, and exhaustion.

You scheduled all my finals at 8 AM on the weekend.

You punished me with group projects.


But I suppose amongst the turmoil you did do me some favours:

You offered me extensions on assignments when I was about to tear my hair out. That was nice.

And you did chip in with some free swag from time to time.

And you did offer me some really great on campus resources.

And you did help me drown my sorrows away at the end of each year.

And you did bring in food trucks every now and then to either distract me or treat me. I can never tell which.

I guess you did help me expand my horizons.

You did give me a paid internship.

You did introduce me to a wealth of stellar humans.

You did open several doors for my career.

You did shape who I am today.

So I can’t say it was all bad. In fact, I think I’ll miss you when I’m gone.

Formerly yours, Krystal

Krystal Leung is a 5th year English student and the Social Media Coordinator with the SU. She has a soft spot for people, places and things out of the ordinary, and finds her fit in fashion event planning. Throw in a couple golden retrievers and huskies, and she’s a perpetual happy camper.