I had multiple emotional times leading up to my college graduation where I thought about the struggles I went through enroute to pursuing my degree. Part of me felt a little lost because that time was coming to start all over again as I pursue a new college and a much higher degree. At my internship, I spoke about it to our clients in our substance abuse group comparing it to the feeling I had upon graduating from high school. It was the feeling of not knowing what the future will hold, yet wanting to do everything in order to make it good and not fail!
I had a couple surprises during the week of my graduation such as finding out that I would be graduating from the college campus I took most of my credits at, and not the college where my program transferred to which made sense, but did not make sense considering that the college I took my credits at did not offer the program of substance abuse counseling. My only gripe was that I would not be able to graduate with my classmates that I went to classes with which led to me contemplating on even showing up. After speaking about it to one of my fellow interns he assured me that the feeling of walking across that stage is like no other, it motivated me to go through with it. With my sister visiting to see me graduate, it made up for me not being able to share the stage with my classmates that share the same program. I have to say that she was just as excited as I was.
During the ceremony, everyone seemed to have this glow and smiles were much brighter. There were many of times I held my tears just seeing the happiness from others and excitement from their family members in attendance. The moment will forever be a memory along with ‘Pomp Circumstance’ playing upon completion of the graduation ceremony.