On May 13, 2017, I graduate.
Looking back on college always leaves me feeling bittersweet. Yes, I've learned more in these last 4 years than I ever have before. Yes, I will probably never be in such an intellectually challenging space again (unless I go to grad school). Yes, I have met people and made personal and professional connections that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Yes, I got the chance to explore a place, and a life, that I could only attempt to imagine while I still lived in my hometown.
I know more about myself now. I know what I can survive, and how much I am capable of achieving. I know how much potential I have within me to achieve more.
But the side-effect of knowing my own potential is that I'm ready to explore what I'm capable of outside of UC Berkeley. It's time for me to leave and do something else. God knows 4 years of college is enough. There is still a fever in me to learn, but for now, I've learned as much as I can from readers and bibliographies and tests. Every time I go to class, I can feel that there is so much for me to learn from the sky, and the ocean, and my own two hands. This graduation means that I am passing from being a student in a university, to a student of the world. I can't wait to wake up 20 years from now and realize who I have become, and what I have done, as a citizen of our entire planet.
A short list of things I want to do after I'm done with school:
Get a bike and ride it
Learn to bake
Make things with my hands
(The dream would be to have chickens and bees, but we'll have to wait and see...)
So thank you, UC Berkeley. Thank you to my professors, and classmates, and every single building that held my classes. You've made me into the person I am today. I could never describe exactly how much you mean to me. But it's time for me to go.
One month until we say goodbye...