I’M A COLLEGE GRAD!!!
Today I was supposed to be graduating from Arizona State University. Today was the day that I was going to celebrate the past four years I have spent working toward a degree in a field that I absolutely LOVE. But the world came to a pause a couple of months ago, and with that took away the graduation ceremony, party and celebration that I worked hard for and have looked forward to since August 2016.
I feel a sort of guilt for being sad today. This pandemic has caused heartache, change, sadness and loss for so many people. I am grateful and fortunate for my health, my job and my safe and happy home that I have spent the last couple of months in. I know that I am not alone in feeling sad and discouraged about everything going on. I am feeling sad because my last semester of college was just a little bit different than I had imagined. Instead of going out with friends, spending time on campus, attending grad events, and enjoying my last semester of school, (possibly EVER) I spent it at home, finishing college online with nothing more than a PowerPoint slide of congratulations.
To the class of 2020, we did it. Despite the challenges, we earned a degree. We graduated. That is something to celebrate. But also. It’s ok to be sad. Just remind yourself that this won’t last forever. “If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it.”
Today, this week, this month, tell yourself this: I am allowed to be sad. I am allowed to mourn the senior year I didn’t get. I am allowed to want closure. Circumstances do not diminish my accomplishments. I am smart. I am capable. I am resilient.
Whatever life throws at me, I am determined to enjoy the journey. I am confident that the challenges I experience are only making my story better. Forks up babyyyy.