Arlene was lucky enough to have a supportive family and to find a perfect stranger who asked her why she was crying in front of a school that wouldn't let her back in, who showed her how to take online classes and get the credits she needed to graduate.
You have many important decisions ahead of you. Ask for help. Do your research before you make these critical choices. The path you choose will impact you for many years to come.
I'm a senior and I'm scared but I'm also going to try. I'm going to try my best to devote my all to my classes, relationships and most importantly, myself because my last semester deserves to be all I hoped it would.
As we begin another semester, notice the adult students who are working toward their dreams. These people are heroes - the few, the goal oriented, the self-advocating, the always-present, the well-supported, the positive thinking, the surviving, the grateful: the ultimate graduates.
I know there are many mothers out there that can't believe that beautiful little child they birthed 18 years ago has left the nest for their freshman year at college. And took their heart along with their computer, iPhone, and dorm trappings. I was in that club too.
Four months after graduation, I'm still sitting on my parents' couch in sweats, alternating between applying to jobs, writing and watching the daily Sex and the City marathons on E!. Some people see it as an extended vacation, but it gets old after a while.
Remember those annoying people who told you that college will be the quickest four years of your life? Well they were right, but not in a bad way. The next four years of your life are going to zoom by.
Today is graduation day, a day of fanfare, unfettered dreams and promise. But this is no ordinary graduation. It is The Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali, Rwanda, the only college for women in East Africa.
The first time I ever sang in public was two years ago in one of Greece's most prestigious Theatre-arts audition rooms in front of some of the most ce...
On the one hand, I feel more grown up and independent (and that's exactly how I felt when I started college, too). Maybe that feeling just comes with every new stage of life. But on the other hand, I miss my apartment, my roommates and my days of not moving until noon.
I SO didn't want to be THAT mom. You know the type, whose life revolves around her children to such an extent that she decompensates the summer before her firstborn goes to college. Nope. Not me. I'm productive and busy.
They may say college is the "best time of our lives," and it may be true for some of us, if we let it be. But whether or not they are the best just means we need to spend the rest of our lives living just as great, if not greater experiences to the ones we've already been living.
A huge migration is about to begin. In a few week's time, like so many eager, young, stumbling wildebeest, thousands of you are about to head off into a new chapter and begin your college careers.
How has it been 20 years? Weren't we JUST sitting in that sweaty gymnasium? In reality, more time has passed SINCE graduation than all of the years leading UP to that momentous event. And yet time has flown.
I, just like you, made mistakes and continue to make mistakes daily. I am no martyr. I am just a human who has a few more years under my belt. Life has a way of opening your eyes as you get older, especially once you leave the comforts of your classroom.
"I'm not important, but I have an earnest message for the world," Alison says. "You are not being asked to go shave your head and become a monk, but to imagine a world where everyone does their part."