Pomp! Circumstance! Other celebratory language!
I graduate today in about 8 hours. I am still trying to process this new milestone. It has yet to set in.
It has been a long journey, but I must say it was well worth it. In the following, I will summarize my college experience as I see it.
Act One: This was a very interesting year. This was when I first realized how bad I was at Biology. This was also the year when I was still trying to figure out who I was. I made no progress in that front. I made some great friends and I also began to learn who I could and could not trust. I also did a lot of traveling and partying.
Act Two: I became increasingly involved on campus. I was a Resident Assistant, Campus Ambassador and involved in one to many organizations. I ruined a friendship, and broke a few hearts. I had a lot of growing pains this year because of things I had done. This was also when I came to the realization that I had no idea what I wanted to do.
Act Three: This was probably my roughest year at school. For lack of a better term, I was depressed. I was still a Resident Assistant, and I began dropping organizations. I also messed up in a lot of my classes. Around this year was when it became prevalent that I was not particularly suited for a career in dentistry or science. This year was also part of the reason I ended up in school for an extra year. I was put on academic probation because of the issues with my science classes.
Act Four: Recovery. Year three was rough. I rekindled that friendship I ruined in act two. I finally began coming into my own, and I hadn’t made a grade lower than a B since act three. A lot of hard work.
Act Five: The finale. Everything has finally come together. Long nights. Rough days. Hard work. Tons of networking. Graduation!
I’m beginning to think my undergraduate career was very similar to a theatrical play. It had five acts, a lot of fun and drama in the first two acts. In the third act, there was nothing but pain, failing, depression. Act four was the recovery and act five was the climax. I have made it to the climax (graduation), and now the real fun begins.
To those who think it can’t be done, it can. As you can see from above, there is no clear cut path to graduation. Just make sure you enjoy the journey more than the destination. The journey is the fun part.
I’m going to continue celebrating my milestone this weekend. To all the 2011 graduates, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
–Far From Idle