Hello lovelies! Today I am so excited to share with you my final reflections and recap post from my college graduation! Yesterday I officially took the step and became a college graduate, joining a network of over 400,000 UW alum around the world. I had a fantastic time yesterday at the Commencement Ceremony, and I am really proud of what I have accomplished these past four years. As some of you may know, deciding whether or not I would graduate this semester was initially a very difficult decision for me. I was hesitant to graduate a semester early, but this decision ended up ultimately being the best one for me. So today I thought I would take the time to share pictures, my experiences, and final thoughts on college as well as whatever advice I have for students.
My college graduation
Yesterday I stood with over 1,000 other students to receive our diploma and officially graduate from the University of Wisconsin. It was a lovely ceremony with keynote speakers who delivered powerful and inspirational messages to the Class of 2017.
My sister helped me decorate my cap with sparkles, gemstones, and a quote that I absolutely love – “Put your future in good hands-your own”. I think the final product turned out great! I plan to use my cap as a wall decoration in my apartment to always remember this day!
These past four years, I learned, laughed, and lived an amazing college experience. I began to embody the Wisconsin Idea – the philosophy of my university – the moment I stepped onto campus my freshman year. And now, I stand across that threshold and push forward, into the unknown.
For those of you who don’t also follow me on social, I will begin my new full-time position at a full-scope agency in Madison in January. I will be working in PR and social media, my field of study and passion area. I am proud and excited to begin this new journey, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
My goals for senior year
As some of you may remember, I wrote this post outlining my goals for my final semester of college. Today I reflect on how well I accomplished them!
- Receive AB/As in all my classes YES!
- Choose my first post-college job YES!
- Appreciate family and friends YES!
- Step back and reflect YES!
- Write every day KIND OF 🙁
- Graduate YES!
As you can see, I did a pretty great job accomplishing my goals for my final semester! I actually received all As in my classes, which I haven’t managed to do since my sophomore year. I also ended up finding a post-college job in my field, which is exciting. Although I didn’t get to write nearly as much as I wanted to, I did manage to post on my blog at least once a week for the duration of the semester. And, of course, I graduated!!!
Advice for students
For those of you who have yet to graduate, I offer now a few key lessons I learned during my time at UW:
- Everything happens for a reason – it might not be what you want, but it will be what you need. Life has a lot of twist and turns, and learning how to accept things as they are and move forward taking advantage of what you have been given is key.
- Never lose sight of what you want – no matter where you go, or who you become, remember that you will always be a college graduate. That degree means something – and you have the opportunity to make the world a better place because of it. Do it.
- You were born for great things – you hold all the power inside your hands. You were born to do amazing things and help transform the world into a better place for everyone. Help others. Remember the people behind you as you climb the ladder of success.
- Don’t forget where you come from – don’t ever forget where you began. Your origins shaped you and made you into the person you are today. Don’t be ashamed of who you used to be. Remember that every experience is a new learning experience, and a new chance to grow and become better.
That’s all I have for now! Thank you all so much for following me on this journey through college. For more advice on college life, please check out other posts on my blog. I have outlined a wealth of knowledge for surviving and thriving in college on this blog these past few years.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family for being so incredibly supportive of me these past four years. I never would be where I am without all of you. I am so appreciate of what you have done for me, and how you have helped shape me into the person I am today. Thank you.
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and an incredible new year. Remember during this season to cherish the people you love, and appreciate the many blessings you have in your life.