Graduating from University is a tremendous accomplishment. It has been 4 years since the time I first walked in the doors of JMU. I can proudly say that I accomplished successfully my Undergrad education as a Duke. On May 10th I walked with other science majors (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology etc…)
I have to say that this was one of the most beautiful days of my life. I had some family members over who made the trip from Maryland. Parents, professors and friends made of this day the most memorable day for me. I graduated with Magna Cum Laude and I was also recognized for being part of Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious honor society in the US. Even though this is not it for me yet, I want to congratulate myself for making it through. For me and my fellow international students, coming to a prestigious university and studying in a foreign language is not an easy task. All it takes is dedication, courage. I also think what helped me during my undergrad career is having a goal in life. My goal is to make it into medical school save lives. I believe having a goal in life makes one have a driving force that pushes him/her forward.
Graduation is a special moment in one’s lifetime. From the day you graduate you enter a different phase of life. Becoming a person with a degree does not only mean having your name on a piece of paper, it means that you are now equipped to make a change in the world and make a difference in people’s life. About one third of the American population holds a bachelor degree. My freshman year, I had doubts about being able to make it through and I’m sure any international student would say that too. At some point in my freshman year I even thought of just going back to a French institution and have an education in my native tongue (French) which would be easier for me. I’m so glad I stayed. Otherwise none of this wouldn’t have happened. That also showed me that in life we do not have to step down when we encounter an obstacle. We have to fight to have our dreams come true. Having ambitions and dreams make one have a purpose in life. At my graduation ceremony I remember the speaker talked about a quote that I still remember. The quote was something like that: “In life, successful people are the way they are because they stood on shoulders of giants”. This is a powerful quote and I believe is the key to success.
I also have to admit that I was a little sad. This is finally the end of my chapter in James Madison University. I am so thankful for the friends I’ve made here, the professors who guided me, the beautiful campus we have and so much more. This may be the end of my Undergrad career but I still have a bigger one ahead of me. I am now in the application for medical school and also preparing to take my MCAT (test of medical school admission). To me education never ends, I will get as much education as I can because I believe in a quote an old wise man (Ricky) told us while I went for my conference in Nashville (Tennessee): “PEACE stands for Pursuing Education Always Creates Elevation.