What I Learned From College Commencement

Binghamton University Commencement

I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts lately. Having just graduated, I’m in the midst of a storm comprised of both rapid change and activity. I’ve finished classes, graduated, moved out of my apartment, moved back home, re-packed, moved back to my college town, and am preparing to begin full-time work next week. It’s been pretty hectic; this is my first chance to have a few hours alone at a computer in quite some time. As I write this post, I’m also reviewing my bucket list to update a few items I just realized I’ve completed during my college years.

If you recall from my last post, I applied to be the student speaker at my college commencement ceremony (I didn’t get it). In the process of applying, I was asked to create a draft of the speech I would give and read it in front of a panel. So although I didn’t get the honor of speaking (the student chosen over me was very qualified and delivered an excellent speach), the process of aggregating the lessons I’d wish to impart unto other students was a very valuable process in of itself.

So instead of letting my thoughts go to waste, I decided to re-post the speech I would have given in the hopes that others may benefit from it. Although there is some humor and specifics referencing my particular school (Binghamton University), the main lessons are applicable to all students and I believe college seniors and recent graduates will find the advice relevant and actionable. Enjoy!
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On Graduation and College Being The Best Years of Your Life

We hear it all the time from people older than us:

“Enjoy it while it lasts… college will be the best four years of your life.”

“Party now, because once you have a job and a family, the real world kicks in and puts an end to all of your fun.”

However, I’m here to tell you that college doesn’t have to be the absolute best four years of your life, but more so the launching pad in which you can continue “the best years of your life” into your 20s, 30s, and beyond if you so choose.

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