To Your Soon-To-Be-Grad Self

To Your Soon-To-Be-Grad Self

My deepest thoughts happen in waiting rooms — here's a note for you.

For many of us, our deepest thoughts occur in places where we're left alone with nothing to do but listen closely to the mechanics in our noggin.

Your best alibi as to why you submitted your assignment four minutes past its due date was probably the one you thought of in the shower (a terrible sin to commit as a student). While sitting on the porcelain throne after a night of cosmic bowling with your besties, the pizza you scarfed down with your besties wasn't the only thing you churned out the next morning (sorry for that foul example). You also churned out a brilliant solution for whatever thing you've had trouble figuring out for days.

My deepest thoughts happen in waiting rooms.

I recently visited the optometrist to update the prescription of my eyeglasses.

The first thing that came to mind as I walked through the clear double doors of the clinic, was that I can't remember the last time I felt any sense of thrill or butterflies when entering situations that have become routine in my life.

As you can imagine, there's nothing thrilling about visiting the eye doctor for an annual check-up; which brought me to the realization that routines aren't boring, nor will they stir away the chances for exhilarating experiences to come anew.

I was in deep thought while sitting in the waiting room. I realized that I'm at that point of my undergraduate career that the tune to Pomp and Circumstance is marching into my central thoughts in a very slow crescendo.

The melody that will be the theme song of a very important milestone in my life doesn't sound so sweet, nor empowering when it's ringing in my ears to fill the void of my worries.

While I sat in the waiting room, I concentrated my eyes on a Keurig coffee maker and focused my hearing on the clicking of industrial gears to brass instruments humming Pomp and Circumstance.

I was sitting in a space with a self-service coffee bar, too shy to help myself to free coffee even though there was no one around to watch me. Stuck with my deep thoughts, my own company, I decided that being my timid-self in a four-by-eight feet wide waiting room is no way to go about my final semester of college.

Here is just a lil' note to your soon-to-be-grad self:

Graduation is what I like to call the moment you've been prepared for since day one.

You know how to hum the graduation march, and you know the comfort it will bring to your anxieties about surviving this time of your life — which people say you will never look as good as you did in college.

To put it simply, after graduating from this milestone called college, you'll be off to bigger, more bougie experiences and exciting careers.

Don't let the melody of Pomp and Circumstance haunt you. It's the theme song to the sunrise of new beginnings.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Hey, Senior, Don't Just Wish Everything Away Just Yet — Enjoy The Moment You're In

The future will be there waiting for you when you get there, so live now.


It's that time again when the senioritis starts to hit a little too hard, and you just can't wait to get the hell out of high school. Along with this comes the ridiculous number of people telling you not to wish it away because you can't ever get those years back. But, I know you're thinking of why you would even want them back in the first place. I am not here to tell you that those four years are the best years of your life — they definitely aren't, but they sure do hold some pretty great memories. Trust me when I say this: you will miss them.

Senior year is the year of all the lasts. At the time, it seemed like there were so many lasts that we would never run out of them. There was practically an unlimited supply of lasts until there wasn't. The hard truth about being a senior is that no one tends to think about the fact that everything is ending until it is already over.

By the second semester, everyone has already picked their school, and the excitement is so exhilarating. The future is so close you can almost reach out and touch it. The only problem with all of this excitement is that it can be so easy to live in it. Your future looks so bright that you're already there mentally. While it's okay to be excited, sometimes you can get so wrapped up in the future that you forget to live. Remember to live in the moment every day because it's something you can never get back.

One day, the lasts will run out.

You will watch your home team play one last game, go to your last dance, walk out of those double doors one more and never go back. You will walk into that gym bearing your school colors one last time in your cap and gown standing side by side with all of your closest friends, and just like that the lasts are over. Those four years that everyone swore wouldn't go by fast are gone. All of the great times become nothing but beautiful memories, and that is all you're left with are memories.

You will never get those times back, so it's time to start living them now. Live your life to the fullest. Most importantly, live for now. Your future is looking so bright — there's no shame in being excited about it — but remember that their future will be there waiting for you when you get there. Slow down, take it all in, and enjoy all of the lasts while you still have them.


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