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It's about the journey, not the end result.
Chevonne Forgey
Antelope Staff

It’s only days now until I walk down the plank to receive my college diploma and jump into a world full of 40-hour weeks and paying my own health insurance.

This graduation though, differs greatly from my high school graduation. My college degree has been my own pursuit, my own personal desire to obtain what some may call “just a piece of paper.” It’s my way of strategically placing myself in this world and setting myself up for the future.

The hours of endless studying, the papers, the group projects and the financial struggles that engulf a college student have been tiresome and stressful, and now the payoff is here.

I wouldn’t change a single day of my college career. I was never a perfect student, and in college I learned to be a better student. Sure I’ve missed my fair share of classes. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve failed a course or two. (Note to all freshmen or incoming freshman: Never schedule 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. classes unless you are 100 percent secure in your ability to make it on time, every time.)

I’ve also overslept a few tests. I’ve missed assignments, but that’s what makes this graduation all that more important. I never gave up. College is the place where anyone can succeed as long as the hard work and effort is there.

I can still remember my first week of finals ever, back in the winter of 2005. I was a freshman at UNL.  Sitting up in the eighth floor of my dorm, I didn’t even think to start studying for my analytical music final until six hours before the test. Trust me—I never studied for a final like that again.

Along with all of the academic endeavors, college also taught me how to be an adult. I learned all about backing up my documents on my laptop and renters insurance after getting robbed my junior year of college. I’ve also learned how to pay my monthly bills and how to part with “necessities,” such as cable TV and Internet for a whole year.

All the obstacles in the classroom and in life have attributed to my success and my accomplishment of receiving my degree. And on Dec. 18 I will close one chapter in my life, only to open the doors of another.


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