Graduation: The Glass is Half Full
It's May 2012.
Here come the tears of joy, sorrow, triumph, frustration, and reality.
Bring on the Kleenex.
After four years of living the undergraduate life, it's time to be spat into the black hole we globally refer to as adulthood. The real kind, not just the neck-roll induced "I'm grown" schpeel.
Time flies when you're chugging beers and churning out A+ papers.
More often than not, soon-to-be grads feel an unsettling rumble in the pit of their stomach when someone asks them the end-all-be-all-of-questions:
"So, what are you doing after graduation?"
My sentiments exactly.
My mind eases up a little bit when I think of what I REALLY gained from college: opportunity. College places you at the epicenter of innovative new ideas with the ambitious young minds necessary to bring them into fruition. Our peers -- our cranky roommates, teaching assistants, club presidents, sorority sisters and fraternity brothers, best friends, or even the person you always say hello to but never quite caught their name -- are all stepping stones into the next chapters of our successful lives because they constantly provide us with opportunities to grow.
Whether you're out busting your chops at an internship or lounging around in the rec area of your dorm, the next billion dollar breakthrough is within feet of you and is just as eager to see you rise to the top with them, IF you work hard.
Leaving my Alma Mater (Howard University, go Bison!!), I'm very confident in my aforementioned statements. I've worked hard. You've worked hard. Work it out and help each other shine.
There are way too many opportunities to not do that.