One week. Four years has finally dwindled down to just that, one week. A week full of friends turned family, photographs that will last us a lifetime, one too many glasses of wine, and more likely than not, lots of tears. I could babble on and on about my time at James Madison University, but I will just say this: JMU was without a doubt the best decision I could have ever made four years ago. Never did a day go by where I regretted that choice. Never will a day come where I will question that decision. JMU has given me the world… quite literally, and for that I am grateful.
The million dollar question: what now? As graduates embarking on this new adventure we often question whether we are ready. Did we make the most of our college experience? Have we learned enough? Can we really know what we want to do for the rest of our lives? What do we do now? And we are often reminded by our professors and those we look up to that we are ready. What we aren’t told enough is that we don’t need to have everything figured out just yet. Up until this point everything has been mapped out for us. There was always another step we were expected to take. We have finally reach the next chapter of our lives, and the rest of our stories are unwritten. There is no definitive answer to where we go next. JMU has prepared us for this important moment in our lives in ways we don’t fully understand yet. Don’t fear the unknown. Embrace it. Do what you love no matter what it is. Be the person you aspire to be. Make your mark.
Thanks mom and dad for being my number one supporters and for also bleeding purple and gold alongside me, sometimes I questioned who the real JMU Duke was… me or mom. You’ve made these four years possible and I am so thankful for that.
I enter my last week as a JMU student in awe at how fast these four years have flown by. Sure, I wish I could rewind a little bit and relive some of these moments over again. But I’m ready for my next adventure and to see what life has in store.
To anyone graduating, make the most of these last few days together but know that this is not the end, it’s only the beginning.