21.3.10

Graduation Thoughts (#2?): Compare and Contrast

Apparently my last post on this topic gave some people the impression that my time at Regent was terrible or something. That is not what I meant to convey.

Rather, I was thinking about my time at regent, and my upcoming graduation, in comparison with my other graduation experiences. In High School I spent every day for 3 years with most of the same people. Upon coming to the end, I was with that same group, and we were all transition in the same way. We were moving on to the next step of our lives, looking forward to what was coming, feeling fear, trepidation, excitement, joy, etc. all together. In my undergrad at UofA I had spent four years living in a different city, in both residence and a home with a bunch of friends, and while not all of us finished at the same time, it was still a very close knit community to be leaving, and it was still a point at which many of us transitioned in the same way together. We were moving on to the next step of our lives, looking forward to what was coming, feeling fear, trepidation, excitement, joy, etc. all together.

Now, I have come to the end of my Regent degree, and most of that is not true anymore. Yes, I did develop some very close friends at Regent. And I had a lot of good times. But I don't honestly know if I will know anyone who is walking across the stage with me; I imagine there will be people I recognize, but beyond that....? I am also not moving on to the next step of my life; I already did that, several times in the last year.

So it feels different; very different. Am I excited? Definitely. Was my time at Regent well spent? No question. Is graduating a big deal to me? YES! I am so glad to have had the amazing opportunities I have had, met the people I did, spent time learning all that I have learnt, and more. Looking back, it was an amazing time, but my reasons for saying that are very different than my reasons for saying the same thing at the end of high school and my undergrad.

Well, here I am at the end of yet another post on this topic, and I feel like there's lots more to say. I'll get there, I just hope that whoever is reading this don't mind me taking so long.

2 comments:

joan@bac said...

You are older now buddy, thats why it feels differently this time...ha ha.
Congrats my friend ! thats an awesome achievement !

Andrew said...

Lol, yes, and you wiser, which is why you can say in one sentence what took me several paragraphs :)