Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
The 4 years that I spent at Penn State have taught me so much about myself. It’s when I truly found unconditional love for my family. That they are the only people in this world who will be there for me through thick and thin. I’ve met many friends in my time at Penn State and for that I am grateful. My friends and I made memories that I will talk about for the rest of my life. But I also had a lot of heartbreak, disappointment, and loneliness in between all of the amazing, triumphant memories. They don’t stand a chance in representing my college years. If anything, I learned a huge lesson about those not-so-happy moments and it’s that I need to stop forming expectations about the people in my life. There will be no disappointment without expectations.
There is one person that I know I couldn’t have gone through college without and I just have so much gratitude for this person. They saved me at my worst moments and I can’t wait to do the same for them.
I had 5 straight semesters that I received a 4.0 GPA. It was not a walk in the park by any means and I am proud of how hard I worked after I found out I can actually receive C’s in something. However, I can’t discredit my first 3 semesters because that’s when I learned the most about myself. How to fail at something, needing to find a different passion, finding the courage to turn my life around, paving a path for myself, and taking the road less traveled.
I sincerely thank everyone who has influenced me during my years at dear old State.