I keep telling myself it’s been four long
years, when in reality, they flew by faster than I
could keep up with.
Catapulted into the reality of the future and
adulthood, a full-time job, no more classes, no summer
break and yet, I feel a sense of calm and tranquility. Along
with a sense of accomplishment and pride in all that I’ve achieved
throughout my years of schooling.
Keeping up grades, juggling a part-time job, friend groups, roommates, and
every other stepping stone leading me to the diploma I can finally say I
hold in my hand.
There I was, walking across the stage. Eight thousand audience members – family
members and friends, fellow graduates – all looking at my outstretched arm. Shaking
hands, raising fists in excitement and glee, taking hold of that piece of paper worth
much more than what it looks like.
And I smiled, to myself, for the rest of the day, because now I can say,
“I did it.”
Future? Adulthood? The real world?
I am ready for you – for all of it.