Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference. – Arie Pencovici
I was surprisingly emotional come day of my graduation. I have many friends that have skipped their commencements in favor of saving money and the hassle of it all. However, the week of, an overwhelming wave of support from my friends, colleagues, and family reminded me that this day was far different than just an ordinary Wednesday. This was the day to mark the end of a six-year journey, one that started with my 18-year old self thinking that I was so grown-up in securing these internships and jobs that would only be a hop, skip and a jump away from my career. Oh how naive I was in thinking that I was so close to being an adult when in fact act, six years later, my career is just beginning. I don’t even want to think about how cool I thought I was in my Express polka-dot ruffled short sleeve blouse that I wore to my first day of work.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, I graduated. I have learned not to take myself so seriously and when I need to stop to catch my breath. Most importantly, I’ve strengthened my ability in acknowledging my weaknesses and how I can best play the hand that I was dealt with. For example, I am a horrible budgeter. But thanks to some genius Spending apps and some several tricks for an out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality, my budgeting has not seen any miraculous improvement but it is getting better! And keeping the words of my operations and supply chain professor in mind, continuous improvement is the beginnings of reaching perfection. Congratulations class of 2013, you’ve graduated but you’re not just quite done learning yet!