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Last June 26, 2011 I graduated from college! I have become a centennial graduate of De La Salle University - Canlubang. I finally earned a bachelor’s degree and marching to get my diploma last sunday was something you won’t replace anything with. Except the fact that i dropped my toga cap on stage in front of hundreds of people! Yeah, you can erase that. But that day, i really don’t know what to feel. I was surrounded by significant people. Series of thoughts and questions rummaging through my head plus mixed emotions that i have felt for a couple of hours. I felt nothing and everything at the same time. My skin and hair looked dead in the photos. I just hate that part. But i was still so happy that i experienced it with my family and friends. After four years of hard-work and learning, of failures and heartaches, of euphoric memories and amazing things in between, it is done. I can’t believe i made a right decision and actually finished something.
I can say i have changed a lot inside out. I used to have pigtails and something like braces. I was socially awkward, i don’t have the guts to say what i wanted to and i barely took risks. But as i have grown and matured more, i’ve realized a lot of things. And i made the most out of what i have. I learned a lot, not from the four corners of the classroom where i was for five days a week, but from every single people i have met and have stayed in my life through thick or thin. I learned most from taking chances, making a mistake and even failing. And now i have another adventure ahead of me with a heart on my sleeve again bringing with me along everything i know and i have learned about life and love. Now, i don’t have those silly pigtails anymore or fear in my heart. I am equipped with enough courage and strength to start again. Another dream is waiting for me down under. I actually don’t want to leave everything behind. But i have to take a leap of faith and give this a shot. I will never know if i don’t try. I have decided to move on with life without regrets or hatred. I believe i can be what i am meant to be.
Nothing beats the feeling of making your parents and sister proud. My friends were there for me as well. Being in college happened to be my happiest and best years of my life. I actually made my years count. I wouldn’t have achieved and be who i am now if it weren’t for God and the people who love me that keep me going. I am so fulfilled and this is something worth remembering.