As I finish the end of my undergrad that I have always been so excited to do I have become more and more emotional. These last five years have been the hardest but the most amazing time of my life. When I was 18 and just beginning at Montgomery College just getting through the first semester seemed impossible. How was I going to work full time, go to school full-time, and do well at both? As the semesters went on I of course learned how to make it happen, but even just an associate’s degree did not feel possible for me.
After three years at Montgomery College, I finally graduated with my associate’s degree and it was time to go on to finish my bachelor’s. Finishing my associate’s degree gave me more confidence that I could finish my bachelor’s degree but I still had this weird small feeling that somehow I wouldn’t make it. Fast forward to May 2021, I am graduating with my bachelor’s degree and preparing for graduate school. Reminiscing about the last five years there’s a few things I wish I could say to myself back then. But because I can not turn back the clock may this find someone who feels similar to what I did five years ago.
- You are stronger than you think. This sounds so corny. But even if you are not that strong you ARE strong. You have gotten yourself through every obstacle that has come your way. Every obstacle has prepared you for the next in some way even if you don’t understand it now. Pay attention.
- You are on your OWN timeline. If it takes you 7 years to do something that takes another 4 years it does not make it any less valuable. It took me 5 years to get my bachelor’s degree and it is just as valuable as if it took me 4 years. Speed means nothing just don’t lose your direction.
- Be your own inspiration. You are tremendous. You are the only one who is going through your situation. You are the only one who understands the difficulties of it but still manage to make what you desire happen. You are amazing and be confident in yourself.
I am wishing you all lots of luck and success on your finals this semester. Congratulations to all my 2021 graduates!