I can’t believe that in two weeks I’ll be a college graduate! What’s even more unbelievable is that I’m the first in my immediate family to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. I would never be where I am today without the help of my parents, they’ve pushed me, motivated me, and supported me while I chased my dreams. If you had told me when I graduated high school that I’d end up in Oklahoma, I wouldn’t have believed it for a minute. I never expected my education to take me 1,700 miles away from home. However, the loss of my mother during my freshman year really got me thinking about what I wanted out of life; I realized how short our time here can be. After two years at a university in my home state, I didn’t feel inspired and wanted more out of my education. Choosing to move across the country, knowing no one that attended Oklahoma State, was a difficult decision. But what I knew about taking a chance and moving was that I would always be welcome back home if it didn’t work out. You can always come back home, but you won’t always have the ability to leave. If you get an opportunity to chase a dream, take advantage of it.
I look back on my two years at Oklahoma State and regret nothing about my decision to come here. I’m surrounded by some of the best agriculture students in the nation. I know that most of the people around me will make a name for themselves in the industry, if they haven’t already done so. I felt challenged every day that I was in class, and I thrived off of that challenge. I know I wouldn’t be as prepared for life after college if I hadn’t transferred here. My education and work experience have made me confident as I chase career goals.
I’m looking forward to having my family in Oklahoma for the first time as they celebrate this achievement with me. The opportunities coming my way after graduation are exciting, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me as I start my career.