June 13, 2012

THOUGHTS ON GRADUATING

Well, we did it. After four years the class of Mercyhurst University (that's new!) is graduating with our bachelor degrees. It is such an exciting time! Classes are over, everyone is moving on and out. People are smiling for photos, but crying because they will miss their friends.



This has been a very confusing time for me, because I don't feel like I identify with these people. I have made some of the best friends of my life in college, and discovered something I am truly passionate about. I am truly and forever grateful to Mercyhurst for helping me to become the young woman I am today, but I am not sad to be leaving.

When I graduated, I had no idea what the future held for me. There were no job prospects, no summer plans, nothing. I'm not going to lie, when I heard about people who were signing awesome contracts with companies, I got a little bit jealous, but I was okay with where I was.

I miss my friends, and I know I'll continue to. But I just talked to two of them on the phone tonight. I know I'll keep in touch with those that matter, because that's what you do. Even if you don't speak or see each other for a while, you just pick back up where you left off.

Graduation made me realize that you have to be thankful for your past, but don't dwell on it. Embrace the future with open arms, and be excited for every day. As much as I love Mercyhurst, and my family there, I am so so excited to meet people in Norfolk, and start a new life.

I'll just have to go out, and live by the 'Hurst's motto. "Carpe Diem."

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