Bucket List: Graduate University, Check!
The other day I was asked whether I was proud of myself. I had just arrived at my grandparent’s house after spending the afternoon at my university graduation where I received a diploma in social work. My Nan’s friend was looking at me expectantly and yet I couldn’t help but feel like I didn’t know how to respond. There are a lot of negative connotations attached to pride in today’s society. People are considered arrogant and self-absorbed if they are confident and proud. It’s a twisted reality. Being proud of yourself is a great thing. Being confident and happy when you look in the mirror or because of your actions and accomplishments is a wonderful thing. Being proud of ourselves is to recognize our personal achievements and not be afraid to say yeah, I did do that and it’s awesome!
Four days ago I walked across a stage and graduated from a university. Although I do plan to continue my academic career until I get a degree, I felt it was important to acknowledge what I had now rather than focusing on the degree that I have yet to obtain. While I always knew that I would like to have a university education, I have never been particularly motivated to work hard and make that a reality. I spent two years working and traveling instead, debating with myself whether I truly needed to go to university. Throughout the two years that I spent studying, I contemplated dropping out at least three times seriously. But now that they’ve come to an end and I have something to show for it, I am so happy that I stuck with it. There are some things that are worth putting travel on hold for and I’ve realized that my education is one of them.
I can truly say that yes, I graduated university and I am proud. I worked hard to make it happen, working nearly full time hours, having an 8-month practicum both years, writing multiple papers every week. Somehow I even managed to travel to Southeast Asia during summers off and I’m proud of that to, despite some people believing I should be spending the summer to work and make money. Now, who knows where my life will go. Maybe back to school in the fall or maybe on a few small trips before the big one next summer.
Not only did I accomplish something I was never certain I would, but I can now cross another goal off of my bucket list: graduate university, check!