I don’t think that I can put my feelings into better words than have already been written. So from two different TV shows here are pieces of graduation speeches that sum up the feelings of graduation and inspire me….
“There is a universal truth we all have to face, whether we want to or not, everything eventually ends. As much as I’ve looked forward to this day, I’ve always disliked endings. Last day of summer, the final chapter of a great book, parting ways with a close friend. But endings are inevitable, Leaves fall, you close the book. You say goodbye. Today is one of those days for us. Today we say goodbye to everything that was familiar, everything that was comfortable. We’re moving on. But just because we’re leaving, and that hurts, there’s some people who are so much a part of us, they’ll be with us no matter what. They are our solid ground. Our North Star. And the small clear voices in our hearts that will be with us … always.” (Alexis Castle; Castle)
“Headmaster Charleston, faculty members, fellow students, family and friends, welcome. We never thought this day would come. We prayed for its quick delivery, crossed days off our calendars, counted hours, minutes and seconds and now that it’s here, I’m sorry it is, because it means leaving friends who inspire me and teachers who have been my mentors, so many people who have shaped my life, and my fellow students lives impermeably and forever.” (Rory Gilmore; Gilmore Girls)
It seems ironic that one of my last days here at Butler coincide with the college decision day. As I sit here and see my Twitter fill with #butlerbound students, I can’t help but become nostalgic and remember my past three years. I can hardly believe it has been three years. As sad as it is, this is the longest I have been at one school in my life. My unconventional high school years mean that I never actually attended the same school for many years in a row.
I wish that I could have the classic four years here and yet once I started the three year track I felt that I couldn’t change my mind. I do wish I had done a couple things different, I wish I had chosen a different major, done more activities, made a better effort to stay friends with some people. But overall, I wouldn’t change Butler for anything. It is my home; it is my family. I have loved so many parts and pieces of this campus.
- I’ve loved being the first face that freshman see when they come on the campus
- I’ve loved being a part of an organization that impacts hundreds of children throughout the world
- I’ve loved building relationships that will last a lifetime with some of the best women I know
- I’ve loved taking classes that expand my view of the world and of society
- I’ve loved walking across campus and saying hi to the people I know
- I’ve loved attending numerous basketball games in the historic Hinkle fieldhouse
- I’ve loved being a part of a community that cares
- I’ve loved growing, changing, learning, struggling, laughing, crying, screaming, cheering, working, and playing on this campus.
I hate to say goodbye. Not because I am leaving and finding new adventures but rather because I am not coming back. I am not coming back for more memories. I am not coming back for more laughter, more fun, more stress, more learning. I am moving on leaving the friends that remain behind as I embark on a new chapter. It doesn’t mean we won’t be friends. It doesn’t mean I won’t make new friends. Instead it is the end of one adventure. The closing of one chapter.
It is always hard to move on. And while I say I wish I could stay, I know that even if I did stay for another year I would still struggle to move on and leave behind the school that I love. This school will always be a part of me; I will always love this school. So how can I say goodbye to something that has meant so much?
I guess in this way it can never be goodbye but rather “see you later”…