Over the course of four years in college, there are lessons students learn that can potentially lead them on the right path in life. Such as, what restaurants deliver past midnight? Can I still pass this assignment despite writing three fewer pages than required? Or how long can I go without washing this article of clothing? In most cases, it’s three days.
In all seriousness, Lasell is nothing but a beacon of resources, help, and advice since the day incoming freshmen step foot on campus.
It was in an Intro to Psychology class during the Fall 2010 semester when I heard the most useful piece of advice from the professor. He said, “These aren’t the best days of your life…this is your life.” To hear these words as a freshman gave me a completely different perspective of how the next four years would play out. Yes, it’s supposed to be a time to have fun and be young. But college is where we earn our higher education, make professional connections, enjoy the start of life-long friendships, and even meet future husbands and wives. Maybe every one of us can take this perspective into our careers or passions; that it’s not a part of our lives, it is our life. If you can love your job, you can essentially love your life.
As all of us have learned at one point in our lives, we are not perfect. We are all flawed and we are flawed because we are human. But what separates the good from the bad, the successful from the unsuccessful, the strong from the weak, is acknowledging those flaws.
With the realization of flaws comes self-doubt. There’s been plenty of times I’ve doubted myself. Growing up, I hoped to be a tall and dominate athlete. Unfortunately, I was blessed with the genetics of my 4-foot-11 grandmother named Freda Midgett. Instead of keeping myself down, both physically and figuratively, I took my passion for sports and turned it into a college degree. My point is, if you keep yourself down, you’ll never bring yourself to the top.
If there is one thing that should be absolutely taken away from the four years at Lasell, it is this: be thankful. There are too many times where hard work and kind gestures go without notice. The Class of 2014 will walk across the commencement stage and be applauded for their accomplishments, when the reality is, we should be thanking every one in attendance for getting us to this point.
To the professors and faculty: thank you for the great advice, guidance, and opportunities you have given us.
To the parents and families: thank you for raising the wonderful children I call my classmates. You’ve done an outstanding job at helping your kids get to this point and it’s been a pleasure spending four years with them.
To the friends and loved ones: thank you for your support throughout our tenor at Lasell. Your support in both the educational and personal aspects of college have meant more to us than you could imagine.
To my own family: thank you for working as hard as you have to put me through school. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but neither is life. Just remember, there’s always a way to get through it.
Finally, to the Class of 2014: These weren’t the best years of our lives; it was a big part of it. Thank you for giving me a memorable life to live.