I graduated from college last April 25, 2015.
And I still can’t believe it.
The ceremony was a very bittersweet moment. I can’t believe college is over. Those five years of my life were a rollercoaster ride- I experienced some of the best times in my life and I experienced some of the worst. I experienced success in some areas, and failures in others. I also learned that life doesn’t always go as you want it, and the crown won’t always go to you even if you feel you deserve it. Throughout the process, I learned which people were worth keeping as friends and which ones weren’t. I also got exposed to different people and experiences.
You really learn a lot from those things. And I wouldn’t be the person I am today if not for both those good and bad experiences.
Below are some photos of me and my friends and family before, during, and after the Graduation Ceremony.
Unfortunately, even if the Graduation Ceremony was so much fun (all three speakers were fun and inspiring), I still felt pretty bad. I do believe I worked so hard on all of my years at college, yet I sadly didn’t pick up a single award. Don’t get me wrong, I was a constant Dean’s Lister. What pulled down my class standing is that I got a 3.00 grade (in American standards, that’s a C) in a minor elective I had to take if I wanted to graduate on time. (It was a Programming subject and it really was NOT part of my Major. Due to limited electives and their availabilities, I had to settle with that one.) In order to qualify for the honor roll, a student shouldn’t have a 3.00 under any subject.
However, like all the failures I’ve encountered in my life, I tried to keep my head up high and smile for all the deserving Awardees (all my friends got awards so yay for them!). After the Graduation Ceremony, my parents and I headed to the Todd English Food Hall for dinner and Magnum Cafe for dessert.
You see, in my family, we celebrate failures as much as we do with successes. After all, these failures are proof that we’ve learned something. They also bring us one step closer to that future Eureka moment.
In relation to that… I knew that I wasn’t going to win an award because we practiced the awards portion during our Graduation Rehearsal two days prior to the Ceremony. Because of so, I decided I’d use a special design for my Graduation Cap. It’s from an artwork I made during my stay in college and it’s one that is very important to me. I made it at a time when I was feeling down.
I hope you too don’t let failures get in your way. I believe it will be worth it in the end for all of us who choose to push through.