Thoughts on Graduating College.
University of Valley Forge had a great ceremony for graduation on Friday. It was so nice to see the smiles on my family and friend's faces and get to say our goodbyes and celebrate one last time. In fact, the weekend was so busy filled with celebrating that I didn't get to finish this post until today. So all though this should have been posted Friday, I'm posting it Sunday evening. Enjoy!
I really cannot believe that I am already here. I finished four years for my undergraduate. This afternoon I will walk across that stage in front all of my peers and family, shake the hand of the president of Valley Forge, walk off the stage, snap a few photos and then be finished.
All the late nights in the library, all the piles of homework, going to the grocery store at 2am, having that third cup of coffee at 11am, taking a nap at 2pm, then doing it all over again... all that will be left behind after I walk off of that stage. All the tears of frustration and confusing questions about my major, all the awkward encounters with people and little arguments with friends, all of it will be left behind after I walk off that stage. We'll snap a few photos and give a few hugs and then it'll all be over. How weird is that? Something that you've been waiting for for at least 4 years is now over in a matter of 2 hours!
I thought that to wrap up my college experience, I would share a few things that I learned and some thoughts that I've been having about the whole season of life I am about to leave. Writing this post is going to be a little tough, because I'm sure that I will shed a few tears when I think of the memories (good and bad) that were made over the course of the last 4 years.
Wait on God. Just take a moment and breathe before making a decision. Say a prayer, asking for guidance and patience. There were so many times that I found myself making a decision without asking for guidance and it never really brought me to where I needed to be. I've learned that God is always good and always has the best in mind for us so we need to trust him, even when we don't understand or if it takes longer than we expect.
Persevere. Don't give up. Not on your classes, not on the people in your life, not on yourself. Keep trying and keep pushing yourself to be the best you can be. Sometimes people will give up and blame others or their situation but that doesn't fix anything in life. School gets hard, life throws curve balls, and growing up is stressful and weird sometimes. Don't give up on yourself or whatever it is you're striving for. Stay strong!
Keep your health in mind. The freshman 15 is a real thing. That doesn't mean you need to suffer from it! Stay away from pizza 4 nights in a row and french fries for lunch every day (I had to force myself to get salad some days... fries are just so good guys!) There are plenty of options, even as a poor college student! Buy fruits and veggies and make use of that mini fridge. Stop by the salad bar every once in a while and choose water over soda! (seriously is makes all the difference).