3 Hours

3 Hours


Life has a funny way of never working out the way you think it will. Had my life gone according to plan, I would be living in Greenwich village with a Scottish Terrier named Zeus and would probably be working a job that made me ridiculously miserable, but paid an outrageous salary.

Luckily for me, life decided to pull me in another direction. One that includes an adorable baby girl who lights up my world, and the sweetest man who, thankfully, can still stand being around me.

Today I realized my time as a college student is rapidly coming to an end. I now have 3 short hours to say goodbye to an institution that has been a huge part of my life for the past five years.

So what's next?

Who know's? That's the beautiful thing about life. We never truly know what's at the end of that tunnel. I do know one thing for certain--I have absolutely no intention of packing away my books and letting them collect dust. I suppose that's one of the most common misconceptions about college and learning. People automatically assume that once you've graduated you've learned everything that there is to know.

To me, graduation is only the beginning. I have every intention of taking advantage of the extra free time. Maybe I'll finally learn German, or Spanish, or both.

Maybe I'll finally have time to find a person willing to publish my book. Maybe I'll write another. Maybe I'll do all the things I every dreamed of. And maybe I'll do nothing. I suppose this is the great paradox of life. I know exactly what I'm leaving behind, but I have no idea what lies ahead.

Although I'm graduating a bit later than most of my peers, in many ways, I think I'm right on time. I have no illusions about this world. I know the difficulties I will face. Three years ago, I was somewhat sheltered. Today, I am all too aware. Today, I am ready for battle. And in 3 short hours, I will gear up for a whole new battlefield.

This is both thrilling and terrifying. But I'm okay with that. If it's one thing that my time on this beautiful planet has taught me, it's that sometimes the things that scare you the most are the things that are worth fighting for.




6 comments :

  1. Happy graduation!! Getting a college degree takes a long time and a LOT of stick-to-it-iveness!! And it's very true--you can't exactly know where life will take you. I know my life up to this point has definitely not been what I would have imagined it to be!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I keep expecting to get an email from the school saying "whoops, our bad you still has ten classes left..."

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  2. Congratulations on graduating. I loved the post! I just finish undergrad last week at USC Upstate and I was thinking about going to UNC Charlotte for Grad school next Fall. I loved the campus and people there when I went on a tour last summer.

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    1. Congrats on your graduation as well! Although I'm a bit biased, I highly recommend UNCC. I'll be going there for my Grad work as well. The courses are challenging and the professors have very high expectations, but that's what attracted me to UNCC.

      The campus is very diverse (which I love). It's a beautiful campus. And we just got a football team- if you're into that sort of thing. I'm a bookworm extraordinaire, so all my time was spent in the Library. Congrats again. Feel free to ask some questions. You know where to find me ;)

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