My Favorite Memory of This Semester: Graduation Inspiration

Elaina Mancuso—Another fall term has come and gone. For some it was a first semester, but for me it was my final fall semester. Three and a half-ish years have flown by and it’s amazing to see the advances my classmates and I have made towards being “grown-ups.”

Reflecting on this semester, there have been a lot of highlights: moving in to my own apartment, being a peer mentor, spending time with friends, interning at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, turning 21, and taking some of the best communications classes yet. So instead of picking one of those memories to share with you, I’m going to let you in on a professor’s “graduation speech” given on the last day of class.

Dr. Lyon, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, said there’s two paths after graduation: the traditional path and the not-so-traditional path. Along the traditional path, a college grad finds a job in his or her field and basically lives happily ever after. Everything goes just as planned for that person—which is completely fine! Many of us, however, will take the not-so-traditional post-graduation path. This path is filled with hiccups, trial and error, and inevitably some failure.

Speaking from the not-so-traditional path experience, his advice for us was to set goals, to look for role models in the areas we want to improve in, and that, “There is no job beneath you.”

This was my favorite memory of the semester because it put graduation into perspective for me and helped me reminisce on my time here.

Assuming you’re a high school senior who will pursue higher education, college graduation is probably one of the last things on your mind. It’s light years away, right? I hate to break it to you, but it’s really not! Think about it: one year from now you will have finished your first semester in college (and let me tell you, time only goes faster from there). And in another three years you’ll be in my shoes, wondering where the time has gone and reminiscing on college memories.

Keep the graduation speech in mind. Here’s to our futures!


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