I did it! I finished college! For the first time in 18 years, I am no longer a student. I sat in my school’s gym for 3 hours waiting to hear my name called so that I could walk across the stage, shake hands with the president, and officially be labelled a college graduate. In the weeks leading up to graduation, I could think of nothing other than the moment I could leave. I thought of all the paperwork and packing I had to do as soon as I arrived home in Ohio. I thought of the things I needed to buy, the people I needed to see, and the sleep I needed to catch up on. Basically, I spent my last weeks of college thinking about everything I needed to do in the future. But the moment I found myself at my commencement ceremony in my cap and gown, I only thought of the present. I thought of how good it felt to be there. I thought of how proud everyone was of me. I thought of how proud I was of myself! For the first time in a long time my mind was completely clear.
There is something about closing the chapter of your life that makes everything around you freeze for a moment. While I have a lot of chapters left to write in the story of my life, I can’t go back and rewrite the chapter I just closed. It’s over. What I can do is remember all the great things that happened over the last four years. I can remember the places I’ve been, the amazing friendships I made, and the knowledge I gained. That last point is probably the most important of them all. I gained so much knowledge while at college, and most of it didn’t come from my overpriced textbooks. I learned how to truly survive on my own. I learned how to prioritize. I even learned more about who I am as a person. I have truly grown from the young girl I once was when I started. I have also grown in other ways (including pants size)!
I have never been much of a reader. I can’t even remember the last novel I read for fun. When I do read, I always set the book down after a few chapters and come back to it a day or two later. Now that I finished this very long chapter of my life, I think its time a put the book down and take a break. As of today I have 17 days left before I get on a plane to leave my home country. That will have to work! The next few weeks will be hectic, but at least I get this time to relax.
Eventually, I have to pick the book back up and keep reading to see what happens in this story.
…. Let’s hope my book has a happy ending ❤