A Letter to the Class of 2015, From Your Chronically Ill Classmate

Dear Class of 2015,

briana I know we all have dreams. Dreams to succeed at college, dreams to become a teacher or a lawyer or whatever else you want to be. Dreams to get married and start a family. Those are all admiral dreams, but none of them are my dream as graduation approaches. My dream is to be able to walk across the stage and receive my diploma on my own two feet. I know that sounds odd and maybe petty, but there’s a lesson you can learn from my dream. Take a step out of the fast lane, and truly enjoy your graduation.

I know everyone is asking you about your future, what college you’re going to, what your major is, if you’re living on campus, but if you focus just on that you’re going to miss out on the actual reason you’re being asked those questions. You’re going to miss out on the experience of graduating. I don’t know about you, but that isn’t something I want to miss.

So take it from me, your chronically ill classmate, and make sure you enjoy the little things that come with graduation. Savor walking in the processional with your class because this is the last time you’re going to do something like that before we all go our separate ways. Cherish that walk across the stage and what it represents. Take a moment to look around after graduation at all your classmates in their caps and gowns, and soak up the energy coming off them. Enjoy your graduation cake because you deserve it for all the hard work you put into graduating. Appreciate each and every person who comes to your party; they came because you mean enough to them for them to celebrate your accomplishment.

Don’t take the little things for granted because if you do, in the end, you will miss out on the whole experience of graduating. It will go faster than you think. You’ll have plenty of time to look ahead, but you will never be able to go back.

Congratulations Class of 2015!

From Your Fellow Classmate,


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