A Letter to My Pre-Graduate Self

Dear Rachel,

This is it! The next chapter of your life begins in less than 2 weeks. Your emotions have been at an all time high lately leading up to this very moment. You’ve struggled with self-doubt, anxiety, and worrying so much over the past month. Time to end that and look forward to what’s ahead of you. Stop wearing the struggles of those around you, when you have your own to carry. Before you know it, graduation will be here and you’ll be wondering, “What do I do now?” But we’re not there yet. So for now, get ready to enjoy those four-hour lectures, expensive textbooks, trips to the NYC and lack of sleep.

In the meantime, here are a few things to keep in mind through your journey.

  • Keep your faith. Remember when things get tough, call on the Lord. He will never leave you and he will always listen to you. Keep praying every night, thanking God every morning and being grateful for your blessings.
  • Hold on to your values and morals. The field of journalism is very competitive. Sometimes you may have to do things or ask questions that you don’t want to. It’s ok to try new things, however, don’t ever compromise your integrity and hard work! If may benefit your career in the long run, but at what risk? Always be consciously aware and know when to say no and stop.
  • You’ve done a great job of holding on to your dreams and putting in those long hours to meet them. This time is no different, only more aggressive. Don’t be afraid to push yourself. You hold your success in your hands. Only you can push yourself to exceed all expectations of yourself. You have a huge book full of ideas, use them. Don’t be afraid to take risks, but always maintain your integrity. Remember that friend that always told you “Seize the moment.”
  • Remember, you are officially on your own. You no longer have that safety net of family, easily accessible as you once did. That’s okay. Don’t freak out! They are always one phone call away, if you ever need reassurance. You have a plethora of family all over the country. If one family member doesn’t answer, call another or one you’ve lost contact with. When your dad passed you promised to keep in touch with other family members. Put that in effect now!
  • Trust! You’ve always had trust issues going back to your first real relationship in high school. Over the years, you have worked on it, but it’s time to completely let go of that burden. Although everyone may not have your best interest at heart, everyone is not out to harm you. It’s okay to open up to new people and new environments.
  • Most importantly, although she doesn’t say it often, your mother loves you. Admit it, your relationship has not been the best but that doesn’t mean it will always be this way. Don’t dwell on an issue with her, move on.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

 You’ll do great! You’ve got the bracelet, your dad’s spirit and your trusty vision board. Utilize them.

You’re here, you’re dedicated and you rock. Always believe in yourself.



Your 24-year old, pre-graduate school self.

Opinionated Ray

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