School’s Out

“A bittersweet farewell to an old friend”

 

It’s been a long time coming, for you & I.

We’ve had our quarrels & It’s been a ride.

 

You’ve brought me friends and Spring Break weeks,

You’ve taken my money & cost me some sleep.

20 years were lost & I cursed your name.

Tours were out, semesters back in.

I always thought I wasting my time,

Investing myself in this 6 letter lie.

But truthfully it was me, who had to learn,

I never quite gave you the credit deserved.

You gave me opportunity,

Inspiration & a hope to do right.

 

You introduced ambition, culture,

Understanding into my life.

& though its not the textbooks or the powerpoints that I’ll miss most,

I cant help but fight the feeling of grieving a path I never chose.

You knew who I was before I ever did,

You saw me through trials of real life & death.

You met me a boy & tailored a man,

A heartfelt Goodbye to my age old friend.

 

The Final Countdown: Graduation

It’s the 4th Quarter of Game 7,  20 seconds left on the clock.

Somehow, someway the league let the cinderella #8 seed make it all the way to the Championship finals; they’re in the home-stretch. The shot clock is ticking down. It’s been a hard fought series & a tough game. They’ve experienced heartache and triumph before but never on this stage, there’s 20 seconds left, win or go home!


That’s how Im feeling, haha. Dramatic right? I cant help it. I’m less than a month away from the end of the semester but I still cant help but feel as though I’m so far from finishing the program. Sure, exit exam jitters are still lingering & I still have finals to take but for the most part I’m in pretty good standing with the University & this is looking more and more like my swan song.

It’s hard to believe. I mean I’ve been going to school my whole life. Literally, my whole life. What do things look like after that? Quite frankly, I still don’t know. But for now I’m focusing on spending these last few weeks here soaking it all in & enjoying the end of the ride. It’s been so easy to get caught up in the exams,the papers, the deadlines & the cramming; that I’ve forgotten the charm and the beauty of college. Yes, the goal is a degree but the biggest gift of higher learning has undoubtedly always been the experience. There’s so much to be taken from these moments that I probably won’t ever truly appreciate till I’m long gone from campus.

Admittedly, I’m not quite sure how I’ll feel when I open up that letter with my degree inside but I do know it will symbolize the closing of a chapter on one of the greatest experiences of my life.