On May 11th, 2019

As I sit here today watching the class of 2019 walk across the stage, I’m left with my thoughts. The inevitable “what if’s”.

For the past few weeks I’ve been sad. More than I have let on. You see… these are my people. The people that graduated High School when I did, the people that entered college when I did. I’m seeing a lot of the friends I’ve made over the last four years grow up into amazing young men and women and walk across that stage into what feels like the end. 

But it’s not the end. It’s not the end of our friendships…of the times we’ve spent together. It’s just the beginning. Now we won’t just be 5 minutes away, but miles and miles apart. But there’s good in that. Now is the time to visit one another. To take trips together. To live.

With that being said… I’m so incredibly proud of each and every one of you. Whether I know your name or not. Whether you’re graduating on time or not. You are my people and I love you dearly. Congratulations to the class of 2019.

Now back to the what if’s… like I said, these are my people. But at the same time they aren’t. You see some of us take a little bit longer to get to our destination. God intended for me to graduate college in 6 years, not 4. But with that, comes more responsibility. I’ll be a doctor. I’ll be a medical professional. I’ll be a PHARMACIST. And that is my calling. 

If you knew me when I was younger, you’d know. I’ve always wanted to be a pharmacist. So here we go. I may be sad now, but my time will come and it will be much deserved and much awaited. 

So here’s to us: the doctoral class of 2021. Here’s to our true calling. We got this!! 

And to those of you taking a little bit longer, don’t forget that your time will come and that beautiful things are awaiting you at YOUR finish line. Keep pushing through. 

Stay Golden, 

Emily

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