It is never easy to say goodbye. Especially with friends who have shared moments of randomness and discovery, of hardship and tears, of frustration and anger, and most importantly, moments of happiness and success throughout the years with you. It is never easy to say goodbye to a place where memories were painted, and smiles were drawn, and sweats were broken. It is never easy to say goodbye. Full stop.
Why is a goodbye associated with the end?! A goodbye maybe temporary, it may also state a new beginning. When we finish reading a book, there is always another one to read. When we are done painting a canvas, there is always a new one to start. With every end, there is a beginning, and with every goodbye, there is a hello.
In a couple of days, we, the class of 2012, will not be students anymore; we will be deemed graduates. We shall all go on different paths, even though we may have shared the same major, classes, and environment, it doesn’t really have to be the end. It is the beginning of a new book; not even a new chapter. Our undergraduate years are behind us, and the future awaits us.
This is not just about us, this is not about graduating; it is about a new journey in life; a new adventure. A Roman philosopher once said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” We might be graduating, but others might have their own endings and beginnings as well; some may be changing their jobs, while others may even be resigning for good – this may be their end but it is our beginning. Whatever people choose to end, it always results in the beginning of something new in an undiscovered place.
One shouldn’t be sad with letting go and saying goodbye, because a goodbye might actually be a “see you later” – those who want to stay in touch will always find a way no matter where life takes them.
Each one of us has his or her own way of saying goodbye; some will say it with tears and some with smiles of joy, some even with both. Some will write it on a letter while others might say it out loud.
This is my way of saying goodbye.
Not only am I graduating, but my column has also come to an end. Just Another Undergrad will no longer be an undergrad. She will be a graduate.
I leave you with a quote by Jonathan Lockwood Huie, “Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.”
After graduating with a Bachelor degree in International Studies and a minor in converged media, Fatma still finds herself hungry for knowledge, which led to her enrolling in a postgraduate program. Her passion for both reading and writing has made her extend her stay in Sail eMagazine so that she can learn & develop her skills. When not buried in her books and novels, Fatma is found on tennis courts or in a classroom learning a new language.
She wrote her previous column: “Just another undergrad” hoping she can give what she didn’t have when she was a freshman: comfort and guidance, and also bring back memories to all those graduates out there. She wonders if things are going to be the same after graduation.
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