Entering My Final Semester
Graduation. At one point or other it becomes almost an idea rather than something that is actually going to happen in just a few months. We spend so many years building up to it and finally one day we open our eyes and it is right on our doorstep.
Countless hours of homework, evenings of tirelessly writing papers, and being involved in a million and one things on campus all lead up to one day. One day that we have been waiting for our entire lives.
But what does it all really mean? Yes, it means that you get a piece of paper that testifies to the fact that you have earned a degree—and that is all wonderful. But reflecting back on all that the past four years have held I am reminded of what that diploma really means.
It means that I have gotten to have more than 100 hours of experience working in classrooms and learning firsthand how to teach children of various ages and ability levels.
It means that I have been able to perform in countless theatre productions, singing, dancing, acting, having a blast every night of rehearsal and feeling humbled and honored in the blinding lights of opening night.
It means that I have been able to experience service learning, working with various organizations across the Chicagoland area, while learning from the beautiful people I encountered across the way.
It means that I was able to spend the past two summers living on campus and helping to welcome the new freshman and transfer students into our Dominican community.
It means I was able to participate in multiple retreats through University Ministry, building my own relationship with God and with the people in my life. It means I had numerous opportunities to build my own leadership style, and to grow in my own way as a leader. It means that I had opportunities to study abroad, priceless opportunities that expanded my global awareness and motivated me to work for social justice.
It means that I was able to work with all of the amazing faculty, staff, and administrators that Dominican has, and that I learned more from them than I ever have in my entire life.
It means that I got to study voice for 3 ½ years with a professional opera singer and sing in numerous recitals and concerts, allowing my love and passion for music to grow.
It means that I got to form friendships with some of the most incredible people that I have ever known, and to create memories that will last me my entire life.
It means that I now have a second family, a second home, a place that changed my life in every way imaginable. Those are amazing possibilities. That is Dominican.