A little over four years ago, I was coming of what I thought would be the worst 6 months of my life. I had been deferred, waitlisted, and ultimately denied from UNC. It felt like every dream I ever had was crushed. I would have to go to a school that I didn’t want to go to, in a town that I wanted nothing to do with.
I look back on it and think about how lucky I am. Lucky that I was put into a position to learn a life lesson at such a young age and lucky that I consider that to be the worst 6 months of my life. I almost feel guilty that I considered my situation to be horrible back then. After all, I was still going to college, I had still graduated from high school and I still had a supportive family.
Looking back, it was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me. I learned a lot in the year before I finally transferred to UNC. I learned to open up and make new friends. And more importantly I learned a lot about myself, how I needed to work to be successful in college (at UNC) and in the future.
I truly am a believer that everything happens for a reason (as many people are) and I have no doubt that straying off the path I had always dreamed of taking made me a better person.
It was never a certainty that I would make it to where I am now, a mere 12 days from graduating. But what a journey it has been.
Graduation Sunday will be surreal, it will be a dream come true, one that I thought may not have been possible a few years ago.
If you take anything with you, take this. Dream, dream the biggest dreams possible and then do everything you can to make them come true. Graduating from the University of North Carolina has been my dream from early early childhood and now I am 12 days away from seeing that dream come true.
Class of 2017: Tar Heel Born, Tar Heel Bred