A Letter To You On Your Graduation Day

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To you on your graduation day,

Think about where you were a few short years ago. Those long nights, the worries and the stress have led you to the moment you are now living. I’m sure you cracked a smile reading that, and felt a sense of relief, and you have every right to. Trust me, I know you might be nervous about what to do next, but I can tell you that there will always be an answer. In a world filled with opportunity, I believe there are only two things you should take in life: time and chances.

Regardless of the job you choose, the city you will move to, or the promotion you will get, it will take time to achieve your goals, and you will need to take a chance to get there. The next phase of your life is inevitable. You worked this hard and thought about it long enough to find yourself moments away from walking across that stage to accept your degree. The benefit to this transitional stage is that you will have the power to dictate its timing. You are the one to choose what to do next. Is it grad school? Is it travelling the world? Or is it job searching? The beauty is that you can take the time to dictate your next move, because now you have the chance.

Despite the struggle, train yourself to find the significance in what you are doing. Sometimes, it may not always seem so clear-cut, but there is always a purpose to your actions. I hope that you walk away from your graduation day a warrior, as someone who is ready to defeat any obstacle (because let’s face it, they will be presented before us). But remember, each obstacle is a test of your determination and will allow you to craft the life that you envision.

Remember, these tiny steps will take you to where you want to be, just as you learned by working towards your degree. After all of that preparation, it is just a matter of moments until you are ready to take flight. The best part of it all is that when you’re ready to take off, you’ll have an awesome story to tell, no matter where you end up.

Congratulations, you made it.

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