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Before I start, can I take a quick poll? How many of you got emotional while coming up here? I kept telling myself don’t cry because I started learning how to do makeup, good morning president Javier Miyares, honored guests faculty fellow graduates and most importantly family members and friends.
It is an honor to speak on behalf of the graduating class of 2017, today is our day but I would like family members and friends to receive an astounding round of applause because if it wasn’t for your help and guidance, we wouldn’t be here, thank you for helping us and supporting us through a journey that has not been easy.
Many of us can attest to that, there is a saying that goes the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, for a time in my life that saying was very accurate but after my journey here at UMUC, I am happy to say that that no longer applies to my life.
I had always looked at school as a solo journey, you do the work, you get the grades, the result is all on you, to add to that I was not the most disciplined person nor the best writer to qualities my sister easily possessed which is why my mother would like to joke that when God was handing out the gift of discipline, I showed up late to the line.
Going away to college in Wisconsin, I was in a completely different state with a different culture and very little skills, some of my bad habits were only exacerbated, with my lack of time management and as we all know those dreaded term papers, my first year of college did not end so well.
My two foreigner parents who are over there did not like this at all, eventually I took time off school begin working, when I finally felt like I had reigned over things, I started taking class at UMUC, my first semester went very well, however my second semester truly tested my capabilities, as I had to take my first upper-level writing class.
For my first assignment my professor noted that I did not properly go through the revision process, I had errors that could have easily been avoided, that experience humbled me very quickly, I realized that if I wanted to have a successful semester, I would need the help of others to facilitate the effort that I was putting in.
That class truly sparked a change in my mindset and how I behaved, I developed a greater appreciation for my support system which was my family, as we all know family can be too intrusive, nosy even sometimes downright dysfunctional but they are always there.
That’s why I leaned in on them when I needed them the most when I needed a word of encouragement, motivation or someone to vent to, from that moment on I also began investing more energy into my work, I took advantage of the effective Writing Center.
Many of you know about the ewc, not only did I receive an A in my first upper-level writing class but I gained the professor as a great resource, this College process has not been easy but we all have made it through, my journey here at UMUC has shown me the potential that I have.
Even when things don’t seem attainable, I heard it on a YouTube series called the misadventures of awkward black girl but that’s besides the point, with the right resources and attitude there is no limit to your accomplishments, I want everyone here to feel the same, I want everyone to go out and achieve your goals and to share your skills with others.
That’s what I plan to do, with my degree I plan to become a resource for other students as a school psychologist, the degree I received today will only be one of the few that I need to obtain that goal, with the tools I have developed at UMUC I will succeed.
We all will succeed, I remember hearing someone say that from tests and trials come triumph, as we go out into the world there will be trials that we face, however I know that we will triumph as we reach for our dreams, best of luck class of 2017, go forth and be great, thank you.