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Final Thoughts

"...Take things one step at a time and be sure to maintain those relationships you truly value..."

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Anchor Down, Commodore!

You’re going to miss college. A lot. I graduated a few years ago and I’m still wishing I was back at Vandy all the time. Enjoy your time at VU, because it’s so unique and an incredible four years. But life after is pretty awesome too, so get excited because y’all made it! Congratulations! ’19

People are usually eager to give their advice and/or wisdom. If you are curious about someone’s professional and/or personal journeys, you should ask to meet or speak with them! ’19

The best is truly yet to come—you have your whole life ahead of you! ’18

Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. It can be really hard to not compare, but trust that you are exactly where you need to be and that everything will happen in due time. Your journey is unique and there’s a lot of beauty in that. Learn to embrace it instead of wishing it looked like someone else’s. ’20

Don’t be afraid to change your plan—the job that you love when you are in your 20s does not have to be the job that you love or fits your life stage in your 30s. ’17

Don’t worry about tomorrow; take things one step at a time and be sure to maintain those relationships you truly value as it’s much harder to stay in touch once people move to different areas. ’19

You graduated from Vanderbilt; you can survive anything. ’19

VU is always your home no matter how far away you are. Invest in your VU ties and they will invest in you. ’18

Do not follow the crowd, know yourself, strengthen the important relationships and let go of those that don’t serve you. ’18

You may feel pressured to hurry or compromise what you feel is best for yourself, but it is far more healthful and fulfilling to go at a pace that suits you and in a direction that you believe you will find rewarding. Be open-minded to what “rewarding” means, because you may be surprised the variety of things that can brighten your life and broaden your perspective. ’19

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love endures forever. ’20

Make the most of these last few months. Take pictures, make memories, enjoy spending time having some of the best people you’ll ever meet all in one place together. You’re gonna miss it. ’21

The real world might smack you in the face a few times, but that’s OK. What matters is how you smack it right back. ’18

For some people, the transition from college to post-grad is a tough one. We’re having to navigate that transition at the same time as the transition through a pandemic, so give yourself some grace. It will get better. ’20

Your path is your own. Do not compare it to anyone. It may take you longer, and it may contain more pit stops than you would like, but you will get where you are meant to be. I promise. ’16

This is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in your life. Some of you might feel sad to leave Vanderbilt, but remember that you will always be a Commodore and Vanderbilt will always be your home. ’17

It’s OK if you don’t feel like you’re using your degree right away. If you need to walk dogs for a living for a few months before taking on something bigger, that is so OK! Student loan payments don’t start until six months after graduation, so take advantage of that time to care for yourself and recharge however you need to! ’18

Have fun, make friends and try new experiences. Get off social media and get outside if it’s making you tired, jealous or depressed. ’16

This time is particularly bittersweet, as one thing that unites all Vandy grads is our love for our school. I promise, though, that the best is yet to come. ’16

It will all work out. I graduated with no job prospects and barely a clue of what I wanted to do. The job process takes time, but it will work out if you’re persistent. Also, don’t compare your job search/grad school search to anyone. Everyone’s experience is different, and different industries hire on different timelines. So just let the process happen and eventually, you’ll find your path! ’18

Graduating is going to bring with it a flood of emotions, but just remember you are smart and capable of tackling whatever life throws at you. Lean on your friends and family for support and trust in yourself. And be proud of all you’ve accomplished so far! You got this! ’15

No one has this all figured out. It’s OK to struggle and have no idea what you’re doing. It’s OK to change your mind and start over. We’re all just doing the best we can with what we’ve got. It’s a start. ’14

Don’t be afraid to take one step back to take two steps forward. Trying new things is what your 20s are all about—travel, work a few different jobs, experience life. You have the rest of your life to try and figure out your place in the world, and how you may want to change it. Try to put yourself in the position to have as few regrets as possible, by following your heart, putting in the hustle and hard work, and don’t be afraid to reach for the moon—you just might land among the stars. ’14