Graduating from college is such a complex event. The mix of emotions is staggering. There is excitement. There is celebration. There is relief. And then there are apprehension, anxiety and nostalgia, amongst others.
I had the pleasure of attending the University of Georgia’s commencement ceremony this past Friday evening, May 13th, and I felt many of the same feelings I felt just six months ago as I watched many of my friends graduate…
But it was not about me Friday night; it was about my girlfriend Nicole. She has worked incredibly hard for four years and graduated with a degree in public relations and minors in the Spanish and Chinese languages. An impressive feat, no doubt, but even more, she gave so much of herself to the university through her work at the Visitor’s Center, as an Orientation Leader, and in the UGA @ Oxford office. She volunteered her time to Volunteer UGA and SGA as well. But most importantly, she impacted individual lives. She attracts people through her smile and friendliness. And she has so many people that look up to her.
And now she will move on to do even bigger things at the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, where she will start her job as PR Coordinator on May 23rd. They are lucky to have her. And with that, our joint excuses to be in Athens will wither away to those of the typical graduate. We have experienced so much in the great city of Athens, GA and we have given so much of ourselves to it.
But now, it is time to move on. Time to make an impact on the city of Atlanta. Time to explore and enjoy the atmosphere of a new place. I’m looking forward to it with a certain sense of nostalgia, as I know Nicole is as well.
Congratulations on your graduation, Nicole. You deserve everything you have earned and so much more. I love you!