It’s been seven weeks since we started the Portland Senior Experience, and it feels like it was yesterday. That means we only have four short weeks left, which sucks because I finally feel like I have hit my stride with the work I’ve been doing and the people I’m working with.
However, graduating next month is a long-overdue milestone in my life. At one time I had no desire to go to college, let alone make the time commitment necessary to receive a four year degree. To say my emotions are mixed is a drastic understatement.
See, when I was in high school, I did only what was required to graduate. I had no desire to go to college, unless it was to play a sport, so I had no need to do well in the classroom. Now let me be clear, I do not regret the way my life turned out or joining the Marines after school, but if I could go back and do one thing over again I would have cared more and tried harder in the classroom.
What’s my point? If you don’t like where your life is at a given point, do something about it, and be willing to work your tail off until you finally accomplish it. The ten-years-ago me would have never envisioned graduating from college; I doubted myself too much. In four weeks we will graduate from the University of Oregon and I can only hope that the rest of you take as much pride in that as I do.
The lesson? Don’t doubt yourself, because in the end it’s not just your brain that is tested in school, it’s your heart.
Go forth and conquer PDXSXers, it has truly been a pleasure.