February 28, 2014 Alicia Castro 0Comment

graduation ceremony smart, by picasa

It’s been a month since I last walked for my grad school commencement. It feels good to be done with school but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop learning or studying. I love learning especially upgrading my software skills. Lately I’ve been watching lots of TED Show Talks and I can’t stop thinking about joining the show as a Speaker to talk about my story and where I am. Earlier this week, I discussed my ideas with Claude, academic advisor for the MPA program at the University of La Verne. She mentioned why I haven’t emailed them. I never thought of that. I’m going to email the program until I get a response because it doesn’t hurt to try. After all, I’m not losing anything.

My life after graduation is completely different. I miss school, the classes, and the engagement I shared with classmates and professors. The University of La Verne, the staff, and the professors saved my life. Everyone believed in me and it’s time for me to repay them by becoming successful. I am aware that soon I’ll be working and I hope the team acknowledges my strengths. For now, I am focusing on myself to feel better and stay healthy. Why should I stress about my debt or not finding employment soon when eventually, someone is going to open the doors for me no matter how long it takes.

I no longer feel lost because I know that my degree and my story is motivating people to go back to school and complete the program – ultimately, earning a degree. This is why I want to be a Speaker because my story encourages people to challenge themselves and become successful.

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