What it Means To Graduate Early

Happy Wednesday everyone! Good news – the week is halfway done! 😉

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but have been putting off (I guess sometimes it’s easier to live in denial). In December, I will be graduating and leaving the school I have called my home for the past 3 and half years. I don’t want to sound childish, but it is scary to think that in less than two months I’ll be moving on to a new stage of my life. It’s scary and exciting and nerve-racking and I have a million emotions just thinking about it now. I know that it’s time, and that this is how college is supposed to work (i.e., you eventually graduate), but at the same time it’s hard to think about leaving a place that’s become so close to my heart.

I don’t want this to be a sad post though. I don’t want to depress myself or any of you! I simply want to look back at what has made my time here so incredible, and as a reminder to myself to keep soaking up every last moment while I still can. Because what seemed so absurdly far away on move-in day freshman year, now is a tangible date on the calendar.

What it Means to Graduate Early

What it Means to Graduate Early. Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running DuoIt means looking back fondly on what it was like to join my sisterhood.

What it means to graduate early

And all the joy it brought you.

What it Means to Graduate Early, Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

It means remembering the place where I first ran a sub-2 hour half marathon (in spite of the challenging course).

What it Means to Graduate Early, Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo

It means saying goodbye to walks to class in the crisp Fall air and taking in the beauty of campus.

What it Means to Graduate Early

And appreciating that beauty even more as you watch the seasons change.

What it means to graduate early

It means being grateful for some of the best friendships you’ve ever had.

What it means to graduate early

And looking back on all the times when you laughed until you cried.

What it means to graduate early

And trying to hold onto a moment, when just like that, it’s passed.

 I am so incredibly lucky to have had such an amazing college experience. And all I can hope is that I continue to soak up these moments for the next two months. Because that’s all you can do: appreciate those times as they come, because before you know it, they’re just a memory.

Have a great day!

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “What it Means To Graduate Early

  1. John Nixon

    Hey Nora, this was a great review of your college experience in just a few lines. now you can look forward to the next phase of your life, whatever that may bring. Nana & John

  2. cooperrp@comcast.net

    Hold on to your memories.

    The best is yet to come.

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