TIME TO GRADUATE! I’m sure as you read this, I’ll either be out on Buckshaw Stadium’s field, ready to cross the stage, mingling with friends and family, taking who knows how many pictures, or grappling with the fact that I finally finished my undergraduate education. I could not have done this without the daily support from my family. They were there through thick and thin, always there to cheer me on, coach my next move, or listen to my ramblings. I also want to take a moment to thank my best friend from college, Liz, who also has truly made this experience one of a kind – especially all our memories from Barcelona and Europe. 🙂
Quite the cliche, but these past four years have certainly flown by. Of course there were ups and downs, but that’s life. There were days where I thought it would never end and days where I wanted time to slow down.
Thanks to the invention of digital photography, I’ve had the ability to document pretty much every moment of my college career. I was browsing these pictures the other night and couldn’t even imagine much happened in the past four years. I’ve selected some of my favorites (some are repeats from previous posts) to represent my college experience.
“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” – John Ruskin
“I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back, turn back; you’ll die if you venture too far.” – Erica Jong
“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” – Colette
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
“To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.” – William James
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills
“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche “Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” – Jon Bon Jovi Santa Clara, it’s been real. Now it’s time to face the real world with all its challenges. With that being said, CARPE DIEM!