Starting life – the road to graduation

First of all, thank you for your patience, although I failed to uphold my promise of publishing at least one post a month. I don’t think I really understood and envisioned the amount of stress that came with wrapping up the semester and therefore, my college career.

I am pleased to say that I am officially done with school! And by that I mean, I have completed and submitted all final projects, written the necessary exams, and presented my capstone project. Now all I have to do is to wait for graduation, which is slightly more than a month from now.

I plan to recuperate this summer and do a few things on the side to keep my brain active. I am excited to read all the books pictured below including the ones that I have piled on my shelf for the last year and a half. Oh summer, how I’ve missed you.

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People keep asking what it feels like to be done with school. To be honest, I really don’t know. Maybe I’m too exhausted from months of sleepless nights to really think about and understand how I feel. Or perhaps, it hasn’t sunk in yet that I would no longer be waking up in the middle of the night to study for a test or to work on an assignment, or that I would no longer have much-needed summer vacations and spring breaks, which I would usually devote to internships, traveling and community service.

It’s real now, yet it still feels like a dream I need to wake up from. I keep asking for someone to please pinch me awake. But I suppose no one sees the need to do so. Of course, I can’t say I blame them.

Photo credit: Carl Agbenyega
Photo credit: Carl

I am often reminded that I’m becoming an independent woman who would have control over her life and her actions free from anyone’s interference. Yet, I remain quite anxious about the future. I may have set personal and career goals and may know what I’ll be doing for the next year as part of my National Service contribution to my country, Ghana, but I don’t know what would come after that, where I will end up in the next few years, what I’ll be doing or how I’ll be thinking. There’s always a change taking place despite how clear the goals you set are.

However, I’m excited to embark on this journey. There is so much to learn and look forward to for the rest of my life. I’m eager to see myself making the right decisions that would bring me peace and a great sense of fulfillment in everything I do. I’m looking forward to making my dreams a reality, and being able to inspire others and touch their lives in a way that brings them hope to achieve their own dreams and desires.

I’m hopeful that my generation of soon-to-be college graduates is going to create a positive social change, no matter how small, and lead Ghana, Africa and the world toward success.

I pray that each of us finds the peace, courage and the determination to bring our thoughts and dreams to life, to explore, to embrace failure, and to be willing to learn fast.

I’m ready to show the world what I’m made of. I hope you are too!

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