I didn’t think I would have to write my own graduation speech until my ears witnessed the misplaced thoughts of Mr. Donahue yesterday. I have, though, spent a lot of time trying to consider what I would write about graduating. I think the most difficult thing for me is that I’ll still be around, I’ll still be going to classes, I’ll still be living in the same apartment, albeit in a different room with different roommates. A lot of things are changing, but a lot of things will stay the same.
There are certain inevitabilities in life that none of us can escape or control. What we can control is how we stand in the face of those moments that are completely out of our grasp. Goodbyes are always like this, so difficult to go through, so absolutely inevitable. But as a friend of mine likes to say, “it’s not goodbye it’s a see you later”.
As I look back on my college experience, I wonder what advice I’d offer to someone just beginning theirs. I think it would be this: Get what you want out of college. If you want to be valedictorian, president of the honor society, and Leader of the Pack, go for it. If you want to stay out and party all night, do enough to just get by in class, and make lasting friendships, do that. Do any combination of those things that makes you happy and have no regrets. Everyone’s college experience is different. As a friend of mine likes to say, “Going to class and doing work is the No. 2 reason to go to college. The social experience is the No. 1 reason.”
People are so hard to figure out and the ironic thing is that the closer you are to someone, the harder it is to figure them out. You know so much about them that, when you discover something new about them, it changes everything. I like discovering new things about people and college offers a great opportunity to witness what people are really like. What they were like in high school behind the facade they put up to get them through their “awkward high school years”, as a friend of mine likes to say.
I’ve been hurt by people, I’ve been inspired, excited, disappointed, reached levels of happiness I never thought possible. There are not enough words to describe the influence that so many people have had in my life. The best way I see fit to describe what I feel are in the words of a very close friend of mine, “sall good”.
College (of the undergraduate variety) was a wonderful time in my life. One, certainly, that I will always remember. There’s nothing quite like living on a golf course. There’s nothing quite like living with two losers, one English, the other borderline idiotic. There’s nothing quite like sharing my life with a woman who understands me or tries her best to when she doesn’t. There’s nothing like knowing that I can always go home and that my mother will do everything she can to make my life better. God has truly blessed me, and as a friend of mine likes to say “muchos kudos” to Him for putting me here and surrounding me with these incredible people. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me.