Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Turning the Tassel (Graduation!)

Nursery? Check.
Kindergarten? Check.
Elementary? Check.
High school? Check.
College. CHECK.

This is unbelievable. I finally graduated from college! This is such a milestone! Imagine, that’s twenty years worth of education, and I am done with it.

I graduated high school at the age of 16, and I finished my college degree under 3 years and 2 months. I graduated just two weeks ago. The feeling sure is a fulfilling one. I’ve had so many ups and downs when I was in college, and experienced a lot of firsts as well (some, memorable, some, just not), and let me tell you—college life was one heck of a roller coaster ride.

I first stepped in the university with a fresh new start, thinking that it will be just a breeze to swim the waters of college. Well, the waters sure were choppy. You have to really navigate yourself (figuratively and literally,) through it, knowing that it will be your new home for the next three, four, five, years. As for me, things in college didn’t run very smoothly. I just want to say that great company (and good food) saved most of my days inside college, while the rest was just hellish. It was a mix of trouble and bliss.

I wouldn’t be able to graduate without the overwhelming support of my family and friends, as well as my past teachers. Not a lot of children are given a chance to have a proper education, let alone study in a prestigious university. I can consider myself immensely blessed, and from this I know that one should not take their education for granted. Formal education is indeed fuh-reakin’ pricey, coming from a middle-class citizen like me. I cried in my room when I informed my parents that I had to extend another term due to one of my courses. It sucked that I didn’t get to graduate on time, and I learned my lesson because of that. I am very grateful that I have understanding parents. I may not receive a medal, but I believe that’s not the only kind of accolades in the world that measure success.

Anyway, I may have graduated from college, but I still haven’t graduated from learning. We all learn from cradle to grave. As I’m getting myself a two-month long vacation before I stepped into the real world, I’m personally nervous. I have no idea where my course will take me, or what career path I should get. I still haven’t got it all together yet, but I know that I want to work somewhere where I will be truly happy. This is something that I should thoroughly prep for. The future has just begun.

Cheers for another brand new start.