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  • Today was surreal. People at work asked me "Why are you off tomorrow? Going away for the weekend?". I would smile and reply "No, tomorrow I graduate from university." What sounds like a simple sentence to many is a loaded sentence for me. A sentence loaded with 10 years of mistakes, challenges, triumphs, pain, discoveries, choices, illness, laughter, headaches and late nights. I kept thinking to myself, "Am I finally here?"

    There haven't been many times in my life that I've said "I'm proud of myself"... maybe even none. I'll admit to being pretty hard on myself. Like many people, I am my harshest critic.

    Tomorrow marks the end of a long road. Ten Years in the making. Starting fresh out of high school and then giving up foolishly for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps my biggest mistake. Possibly my greatest adventure and teacher at the same time. Eventually I found my way back to the dream.

    Tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow I will grasp a piece of paper I've wanted since I was a little girl. A university degree.

    Tomorrow I'll say I'm proud of myself. Like the empty beach I stood on a few weeks ago, it was lonely and cold at times, but beautiful and ever changing. I had plenty of support from my friends and family, but I was alone in making my dream a reality.

    Tomorrow I'll say I'm proud of myself. I did this on my own. I made mistakes but I fixed them. I felt weak at times but stayed strong. I did not give up.

    Tomorrow isn't just about a university degree. It's about mistakes, challenges, regrets, highs, lows, surprises, disappointments, smiles, tears, and a fight for who I knew I could be.

    Tomorrow I'll be proud.
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