It’s crazy how so much can change within a year. A year ago today, I was at my graduation ceremony at the University of Delaware receiving my bachelors degree. Today, I’m sitting on my couch after having walked the stage at Radio City Music Hall as I received my masters degree from NYU.

Part of me wonders how that happened while the other part of me is in denial that it did happen. I say this a lot, but I feel like my life has been flipped over and over again, especially within the past year. Literally so much has changed, and for the better.

This time a year ago, I had no idea what to expect and I had many late nights dwelling on what my future was going to look like. After experiencing it, some of my fears came true (and that was horrifying), but I’ve evolved into someone who younger me would be proud of.

Prior to this past year, I thought I knew what it meant to be resilient. This year taught me what it means in a brand new light, and really put it to the test. There would be consistent stretches of days where I would feel deflated and defeated, but I picked myself up and got through it. I didn’t let a challenge or a mistake defeat me for too long. I moved on and grew from each mistake. I let go of things that I could’ve done better, and focused on actually doing better. I grew thicker skin and learned how not to let every mean word said to me beat me down or get in my head.

I can’t compare my life today to how it was a year ago or even a few months ago. I’m grateful for that because it’s a testament to how much I’ve grown. I am grateful for everyone who has taught me something along the way. One thing that I think about is a lot of the lessons I’ve learned this past year have been out of the “formal educational setting”. That excites me for this new almost book in my life as I’m done with being a full time student for the time being. For the first time since I can remember, I won’t be a student in a school. However, I’ll still be learning and growing. As a committed lifelong learner, I’m always going to do that. I am always working on being a better version of myself each and every day.

This upcoming chapter of my life will be filled with even more change. It’ll likely challenge me in many ways. Instead of being scared of all of that, I’m eager and excited about it.

All of this being said, I used to be scared of change. I used to hate saying goodbye to people. I used to be scared of the unknown. I am not anymore. The unknown excites me because it opens the door for all of the things that I have yet to learn and grow towards. I am excited for this new part of my life because it's going to be filled with all kinds of moments, all that will end up making me a better human being at the end of the day.

To the next chapter!

K DeBois

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