Graduation Ceremony, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia (June 2017)
I’m not sure what to say. Graduating from university with my second credential was a mixture of emotions that has left me jumping for joy.
I would describe my university career as if I have been hiking up a very tall mountain. There have been some strenuous patches of loose gravel where I felt like I was gripping on for dear life. There were moments of pure exhaustion and some filled with much needed rest. I had moments of pure elation and celebration, with my heart bursting with pride, joy, and happiness. I have learned so much both in the classroom and beyond the walls of this great post-secondary institution. I’ve made incredible friends from around the world who climbed most of the way, or all of the trail with me. I have travelled across North America and in Europe throughout my studies as well, which has given me the most amazing life experiences. As I stand here at the top of the mountain that I worked so hard to climb, I am incredibly grateful for every experience that has brought me here today. It is quite the view from up here – Wow! On my first day of university, I never would have guessed that I could push myself this far. And here I am, a completely different person than I was five years ago.
Thank you to my family, friends, mentors, professors, employers, and colleagues who helped me to reach this new height. Without your support, I would not be where I am today.
Now, I do believe it is time for another adventure! Cheers!
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2016)
“Don’t let your anchor hold you down forever. Eventually, you will have to sail to a new adventure.”
Eygelshoven, The Netherlands (June 2016)
“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.”
– Robin Sharma
Change is a beautiful thing. Really, it was a scary thing for me when I boarded a plane and moved to a country that I’ve never been to by myself last August. As my time is slowly winding down here, I can see such dramatic changes in who I am right now compared to who I was. It is a beautiful transformation to reflect upon. Now, not only am I totally content to not bathe for three days and go camping with people I’ve only just met… (see the post camping/music festival selfie from above), but I have learned how to love myself, make healthy choices in my lifestyle, find balance, look at everything from different points of view, and thrive in saying yes to new experiences. I’ve travelled, mostly alone, to ten different countries in the past ten months. I’ve seen beautiful works of art, both in museums and in the natural world, experienced many other cultures through food, language, art, landscapes, and mostly importantly, by meeting new people. When I first arrived in Amsterdam, I had never stayed in a hostel before. Looking back, I had no expectations on what was to come, but I am grateful for every moment and I wouldn’t change a single thing. Change, it’s a crazy, beautiful thing.