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Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers

14 Dec

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2009, my undergraduate college career came to an end. I graduated from Michigan State University and at my commencements, the senior class speaker gave a speech about what it means to commence; to begin.

Another chapter of my life is about to begin and to be frank, I have no idea where it’s going to take me. I do not have a job lined up yet and a lot of wonderful things and people in my life are leaving soon. I have a very unstable footing right now in life and I find myself getting extremely down quite often. My roommate and best friend does all that she can to say the right things and find ways to make me smile and last night, she gave me a small graduation gift that means the world to me.

I don’t know where she found it, but she gave me a book called “Pep Talks & Picker-Uppers” that is full of one liners and short stories for almost every upsetting occasion in life. The book covers the issues of Life Dreams, The Daily Grind, Financial Straits, Romantic Woes, Family Matters and Self-Esteem. It has lines in it that will make you smile or laugh, and others that will really make you think. If you know someone who needs a ‘pep talk’ or you yourself need one every once in a while, I strongly recommend this book.

Here’s a little something from page 29: “As Drew Carey says, ‘Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called everybody, and they meet at the bar.'”

Silly, but I know you at least just cracked a smile. Life is scary and uncertain right now for me but this book just saved me from a few more self-pity episodes.

On the topic of graduation, I want to thank everyone for all of their well wishes and congratulations. I have made the most amazing friends during my time at Michigan State and I cannot wait to see what they will do with their lives. My graduation weekend was one of the best times of my life and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my life up to this point. I would not be here without you. And on that note, I will leave you with one more line from my new favorite book.

It could be worse.


Dreams are Possible

6 Dec

With graduation only days away, I’ve been spending most of time thinking about my future. However, I know that my future rests solely on my past and there is so much that has attributed to where I am today. Looking back on how scared I was to come to Michigan State University, there are a few things I would like to point out.

Obviously, my family played the most important role in my going away. My parents agreed to let me live at a home away from home and help me out the best that they could. Without their support, I know I would have had a much tougher time not only dealing with the transition of life in East Lansing, but also affording it.

Next, my academic success has granted me many opportunities to excel and experience things that not every student has the chance to. I’ve been an undergraduate teaching assistant, a research assistant, been on the Executive Board for an amazing organization, and held two wonderful internships. The experiences have all been entirely worth it, but it hasn’t always been easy.

Going away to college is not cheap, and for students who think that they cannot afford to do so, I am proof that there are ways. Yes, I am graduating with a scary number of loans, and yes, my parents did help me, but because of my academic success, I was able to receive a few scholarships from MSU that have helped keep me from going further into debt.

For students who don’t know, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences has a ton of scholarships that students can apply for each year. Since my sophomore year at MSU, I have applied and received a scholarship from CCAS. I was thankful enough to receive the John and Martha Aldinger Award, the Communication Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship, and the David Ralph Scholarship. So for those who wonder how they can afford to go to a Big Ten University, I know it is possible.

Through a combination of loans, my parents, scholarships, and thrifty living, going away to college is not only possible, it’s the best decision that I have ever made. MSU has opened so many doors for me, and while my future is still uncertain, I can look back confidently at my years here and be thankful for all that I have achieved.

Saturday when I walk across the stage at Breslin in my bright green gown, I know my life is going to be different from that moment forward. And while I am terrified, I couldn’t be more excited to see where life takes me. So thank you to all of my family, my friends, and Michigan State University for all the love and support I have received. I know I would not be where I am today without you.