Congratulations, you have reached a new milestone in your life! All those hours studying at the library and campus hall, endless days of consulting your professors, sleepless nights spent making a steady stream of papers... they all lead to this very moment, the end of your campus life and the beginning of your entrance to the real world. We get it: you're excited, confused, happy, sad, relieved and afraid at the same time. It's okay! These are normal feelings to have when you're entering a new phase in life.
But as a famous pop song puts it, it's time to cast your fears aside because you know you can survive. Think about it: you wouldn't go this far if you didn't have the goods, would you? As Oprah Winfrey said in her recent graduation speech at Harvard University: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
After all, your 20s is all about trying things out and figuring out what's right for you - and what isn't. It's not about getting it right. It's not about making no mistakes. In fact, it's about making a lot of mistakes and learning from them! Don't be afraid and don't limit yourself. Become friends with people who aren't your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn't the same as yours. Get to know people who do not come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow!
Remember that the real challenge in life is to build a résumé that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be. It’s a résumé that doesn’t just tell a story about what you want to accomplish but why. A story that’s not just a collection of titles and positions, but a story that’s really about your purpose. Because when you inevitably stumble and find yourself stuck in a hole that is the story that will get you out.
You might have a little anxiety now and hesitation about leaving the comfort of university and putting your credentials to the test. But no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal - there really is only one, and that is this: to fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family and the people around you.
The world is in your hands and you are more than capable to take it on. You will be happy, you will be successful and you will make a difference in the world. We believe in you!
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