The day before graduation I spent a couple of hours archiving, cleaning and looking through old school papers and projects. In one of my folders, I found a scholarship application cover letter. In it were my educational goals at that time. It read:
Aside from earning my B.A. from Wichita State with a major in integrated marketing communications and a minor in Spanish, my main educational goal is to make the most out of my education. I don’t want to walk across a stage to receive my diploma and feel scared of that “real world” we keep talking about. I want to walk across that stage and into the work force as a focused, prepared and confident woman with her head held high.
Among my other goals, I would like to be involved in at least one club inside the Elliott School of Communication, to be placed on the Dean’s List at WSU, and to graduate with honors.”
A year and a half ago, I made those goals. Today, I’m glad to say that I met them. I graduated a member of the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), on WSU’s Dean’s List and wearing an Honors cord. When I walked across the stage, I felt a bit apprehensive, but mostly I felt relieved, proud and ready. I was prepared to close that chapter of my life and I’m ready to embark on life’s next step.
So, life, here we go; goodbye in-class academia, hello next step.