Graduation Reflections

December 21, 2008

Yesterday, I officially became a college graduate.  As I think back on the past 4.5 years, I’ve come to realize how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve learned – both in my field and in life in general.  I’d like to pass on a few thoughts and lessons I try to live by:

  • Don’t let stress get the best of you.  Worrying gets you nowhere, especially if you are worrying about things you cannot control.
  • Every problem has a solution.  If there isn’t a solution, it’s not a problem.
  • Trust is a truly wonderful thing.  Once you find someone you can completely trust, keep that person close.  Never, ever, betray someone’s trust in you.
  • Keep the golden rule in mind in everything you do: “What thou avoidest suffering thyself seek not to impose on others.”  – Epictetus
  • It’s amazing what four people locked in a computer lab overnight can create.
  • You never know which choices you make today will affect you later on.
  • Homemade meals are infinitely better than store-bought.
  • Use good grammar everywhere – whether in person, in an e-mail, in a chat, or in a text.  You’ll be surprised how well-spoken you will become, without even realizing it.  In time, it will become second nature to you.
  • True friends will be there for you always, through your worst times and your best times.
  • Sometimes, the best thing you can do for someone is simply listen to them.
  • Life isn’t always fair, but karma always seems to make things right.
  • Ignorance is not a sin.  Never be afraid to admit you don’t know something.  Ask questions.
  • Do something crazy from time to time.  Leaving your comfort zone from time to time will give you new (and often amazing) experiences.
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