By: Sarah Frick, President
T Minus ten days till graduation. TEN days, what a time to be alive. Technically speaking, I’m not supposed to be graduating this year. In truth, this is only my third year at University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), but wouldn’t you know, I stacked up my high school advanced placement classes and came out a winner. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in the Fall because they don’t teach student teaching in high school. Anyway enough about me, let’s get back to graduation.
It’s been hard to explain the struggle that is “graduating”, even though I’m only kind of graduating. It’s bittersweet to say the least, and all I can think of is that Dr. Seuss quote that says, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss though was obviously not impacted by the finality of something ending.
To have to graduate, is to have to say goodbye. And it’s not just to people, it’s to your friends who became your family. You have to say goodbye to clubs you’ve been in, to places around town. You have to say goodbye to the squeaky window in your dorm room, and the F’Real machine in the Snack Bar. And with all respect to Dr. Seuss it’s not always easy to smile through all of that.
Determined to find a quote or something to repeat to myself besides Dr. Seuss, I scoured the internet for a whole 5 minutes looking for the perfect graduation mantra. I turned to my girl Eleanor Roosevelt, who I’ve always considered to be my personal spirit animal. She once said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Which is some solid advice, but currently my only dream is to survive finals and sit by my pool until I have reread the entire Harry Potter series. Oh yes, it is a beautiful dream but not one that Eleanor had in mind.
Meryl Streep said “This is your time, and it feels normal to you but really there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and more change.” I still can’t figure out if that made me feel better or just more concerned. I found one from Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is much better if you imagine it in his voice, “Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket.” I’m also picturing Arnold Schwarzenegger saying that as he attempts to climb a ladder with his hands in his pocket, “Luuk it does not vwork.” Back on track, Jerry Zucker probably had the best one that I found in my rapid search “You have nothing to lose. Everything you have acquired of value is locked inside you.”
In the end, I never really did find a quote that perfectly summed up the feelings of loss, but also gain, that comes with graduation. Unsure if I would ever find my graduation mantra, I talked to my mom about what I would do after graduation, and she said the one thing that made sense in all this change. In some formation of these words, “Don’t worry about where you’re going, that’ll come, just make sure not to miss anything along the way.” Really, truly, enjoy your last few days at UMF Class of 2015, also sorry in advance if I trip and break something on stage.