That Time I Graduated from College


It’s hard to comprehend that this time last year I was walking across that “distinguished” stage in a green robe and hat, shaking the hand of my school’s dean and being handed my diploma. To think that was an entire year ago is a little bit mind boggling. It feels as if I graduated a couple weeks ago.

It’s funny because I wasn’t exactly surprised or particularly proud of myself in that moment. From a young age I knew I was going to get a college degree. It was just a complete certainty. There was no doubt about it. So I walked that stage, got my diploma and carried on like nothing much had changed. Yeah, I had a college degree. Cool. Moving on…

It wasn’t until a few months later when it began to sink in. As I was hunting for jobs and meeting new people left and right I was constantly reminded of my past accomplishments as I was spewing them out in little elevator speeches. And little by little things throughout daily life would remind me how lucky I was to have a bachelor’s degree. When those inevitable reflective life moments came, I would sit and think about what I’ve done with my life so far… I always felt extremely proud.

And if someone were to ask me, “what’s the coolest thing you’ve done?”

I would say travel, start a blog and graduate from college. Those were my bragging rights. The “cool” things I’d done. That degree made it in the top three. That’s a pretty big deal.

A year later, I’m living in my very own apartment, working a full-time job at an agency, writing non-stop, making connections, still traveling and learning more and more about myself with every day that passes.

While it didn’t feel like a big deal then, I look back and have a deep bubbling feeling of pride for everything I’ve been able to accomplish despite the setbacks and struggles that come with being an anxiety ridden “new” adult. I shouldn’t take for granted that I was lucky enough to go to college and I shouldn’t take for granted my own abilities. Because I can tell you, that bachelor’s degree was not a walk in the park. But I made it through, and graduated with honors and motivation still intact.

Enough bragging about myself. Time to go creep on people’s graduation photos.

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  1. Congrats! College is hard work. After taking some time off, I'm currently chipping away at my Bachelors. I've grown comfortable with college, but it's the post-graduation that scares me a little. This was a good read. :)

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    1. Thanks Kaili! Good luck with your Bachelors! Post-grad life is tough at first, but very rewarding :)

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