Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An End of An Era: Graduation 2017

"We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale Boston University, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. 

Yale BU is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group-texts.

This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse – I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.
But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us and they are set for repetition as we grow up and move to New York and away from New York and wish we did or didn’t live in New York. I plan on having parties when I’m 30. I plan on having fun when I’m old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clich├ęd “should haves…” “if I’d…” “wish I’d…”

We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.

We’re in this together, 2012 2017. Let’s make something happen to this world."
Marina Keegan, for the Yale Daily News 2012


Marina Keegan most accurately and eloquently sums up how I feel about graduating college, which is why I have included an excerpt above. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that four years of college have already come and gone; it really is true that time flies when you're having fun. There are so many things to celebrate at graduation such as good grades, new jobs, or grad school acceptances, but what I celebrate above all else are the friendships I've made along this journey. Besides the memories and knowledge I've gained in college, they are the only other things that will continue on in this next chapter of my life and who I hope will be there to celebrate many more of the next best years of our lives.

I am also excited to be fulfilling my lifelong dream of moving to New York City and will be
returning to kate spade & co to start my post grad career.

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