To My Friends On Their Graduation Day, I'm So Proud Of You

To My Friends On Their Graduation Day, I'm So Proud Of You

Even though I'm no longer at that college, I'm still so proud of you.


To my senior friends who are graduating, you did it. You're graduating, I can't describe how proud I am of you

It's been a year since I've last seen you three face to face, and even though I'm an hour away I still love and miss you with all of my heart. You've worked so hard to get to this point, and I can't imagine the hurdles and struggles you've gone through these past four years to get here.

Each of you has touched my life in a very personal way, and today I wanted to thank you and congratulate you on your accomplishments.

To one of the first friends I made in college, I don't know how I would have survived my two years in college without you. You are the sweetest, most determined, funniest and kindest souls I know. I know I was a pain, but I thank you with all of my heart for being my friend.

I am so proud of all of your accomplishments, victories and even downfalls. You're such a strong individual. You've inspired me so much, and you continue to do so every day. I wish you all the best in the future, and you're going to make an excellent teacher one day. Please keep in touch, and I hope to reunite with you soon. I love and miss you so much.

To my history-loving friend, you are another person that has changed my life so much. When I first met you I knew you were going to leave a huge impact on not only me but many others. You are one of the most hysterical, kindest, sassiest and smartest individuals I have ever met. Words can't describe how much I miss you, leaving you and everyone else behind was so hard, but I still hear from you all now and then.

Thank you for helping me at my lowest moments, and just being wonderful. I wish you all the best in the future, you are going to do amazing things, save all the dogs and cats in the world and share your love of history. I love you and miss you so much, and I hope to reunite with you soon. I can't wait to see what comes next in your future.

Finally, to my Odyssey and nursing friend, God I miss you. You are such a wonderful human being and I am so so proud of you. You've always been there for me, and you made the two years I went to school there the best. You're funny, loving, kind and so down to earth. I'm so proud of all of your accomplishments.

I am so proud of you. I know nursing school wasn't easy, but you took it on with so much stride. There are so many great things coming to your future, and I can't wait to see what comes next for you. I love you and miss you so much, hopefully, at some point, we can reunite.

Many people at that college have touched my life forever, but you three have made the biggest impact on my life. Congratulations on graduating and I wish you the best of luck in the future, please keep in touch and never stop going after your dreams.

Lots of love,

Your forever proud friend

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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Don't Buy A Graduation Gown If There Are Some Already At Home You Can Reuse Or Borrow

Even though I had three graduation gowns at home, my high school still required me to buy another graduation gown.


Last year, I was a senior at high school. I had three graduation gowns from my sisters. Even though I had three graduation gowns at home, my high school still required me to buy another graduation gown. I was told that the graduation gown has a different color and design. I was also told that if I do not buy the new graduation gown, then I might not be able to walk in the graduation ceremony. This meant that I might not be able to get my diploma from the graduation ceremony.

When I bought the graduation gown, it was the same color and design as my sisters' graduation gowns. It was the same, like my eldest sister's graduation gown from 2014 and the twin's graduation gown from 2015. Four years apart from my eldest sister's graduation gown and three years apart from the twins' graduation made no difference to the graduation gown of 2018.

Why do I still need to buy a graduation gown if it turned out to be the same as my sisters' graduation gown? Why do high schools require students that have siblings to purchase another graduation gown? I understand that siblings have to purchase it if they cannot fit the graduation gown that they have. I understand that the siblings have to purchase it if the graduation gown has a different color. Let's say the eldest sibling has an orange graduation gown, while his or her younger sibling has to wear a blue graduation gown. My graduation gown was still blue like my sisters' graduation gowns. I understand, too, that high schools need siblings to purchase the graduation gowns in order to raise money for school events. If not, then what are they doing with that money instead?

I totally understand that an extra gown is needed for a twin. One sister graduated from high school in 2014. Two of them graduated in 2015. One twin can use that sister's gown. The other twin has to purchase it. However, the twins were told that both of them have to buy the gown. It cannot just be one twin that purchases the high school graduation gown.

Some people told me that maybe the zipper changed. Hey, when we are walking at the graduation ceremony, who is going to care about the zipper? Why do parents, teachers, and school administrators come to the graduation ceremony? They want to see the students get their diploma, not see what graduation gown that they are wearing.

Compared to some high schools, some colleges do not care if students purchase a graduation gown or borrow it from a sibling, friend, or alumni. My sisters recently graduated from college. They did not buy a graduation gown this time. They borrowed the gown from a friend. The friend was happy that someone wanted to make use of the graduation gown because it was only worn once and now it will get worn again. However, they still needed to buy a tassel since their friend graduated in a different year. Despite that, my sisters were able to save plenty of money because they did not have to purchase the gown.

From this, there is a true difference with how the high schools and colleges regulate the graduation gowns. It is easier for high schools to keep track of graduation gown purchases. High schools can keep track because there are not that many students in them. There are hundreds of high school students in a high school and millions of college students in a college. This shows that having siblings is not a good thing for high school graduations while it is a good thing in college graduations.

Here is the amount of money that has been paid to the three high school graduation gowns. Each of them cost $60 which equaled $180. In 2018, the graduation gown became cheaper. It cost $25. So, $180 + $25 = $205. If my graduation gown still cost $60, then my family would flip and explode because the total amount would be $240. If the high school allowed my sisters and me to reuse our graduation gowns, then we could save plenty of money.

So from these pictures, do our graduation gowns look the same to you? To my family and me, there is really no difference at all!

Amber Chai 2014: My eldest sister's graduationAmber Chai

Amber Chai 2015: The twins' graduationAmber Chai

Amber Chai 2018: My graduationAmber Chai

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