Reflections: A graduating senior muses on her memories and lessons learned at Pacific
The time is here, and I can’t believe we finally made it! Unlike most of my fellow classmates, my Pacific experience began a little later. I transferred here my sophomore year, and it was like going through another freshman year and starting all over.
While I was not forced to make friends and do community service on the MOVE trip or get bombarded by confetti at Convocation by the rest of the school, I felt the same nervousness and excitement we all felt going to a new school and not knowing where our classes were, to the same exhilaration we experience now.
Looking back and reflecting on the past few years, I immediately think of our Pacific community. Chances are, when we look back 10, 20 or 30 years later, we might not remember the definitions, equations or theories we had to memorize, but we will think of the friends, relationships and memories we made that will last a lifetime.
Some of us may have chosen to come here because of a specific program offered, the proximity to home, the reputation or the natural beauty of the University (which of course, could not be achieved without the constant leaf blowing); whatever the reason, this was where we all grew into our adulthood together, and this is where we will always be Pacific Tigers.
Throughout this growing process, Pacific taught me that I can do anything and everything if I put my mind to it. I was able to be myself in multiple jobs and organizations on campus. I gained the confidence and perseverance to go after what I want and not give up.
Inside and outside of the classroom, I learned it is okay to ask questions and challenge beliefs. It is okay to have a voice and be a leader. In fact, it is encouraged.
When it comes down to it, your experiences are never simply about a class you took, what major you chose or what organizations you are affiliated with. The ideas we had, questions we asked, changes we made and historical moments we captured are what we are taking away with us as we leave. While Commencement will be the last time we all come together, the end of our time here is simply the beginning of a new journey.
Thank you to my professors who continually went out of their way to help me whenever I needed it. Thank you to my friends for being there for me and giving me many nights of fun and laughter. Thank you to my mom and dad for supporting me and giving me everything I needed to be successful during my college career.
While it is both nerve-wracking and scary to think about entering the real world, I am excited for what is to come.
Congratulations, Class of 2016, we did it!
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