06/20/16: Graduating University

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A few weeks ago, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in English at York University. When I first began my journey at York, I never thought it would turn out the way it actually did. I’ve grown and changed so much from four years ago, and the people and experiences I’ve met and gone through have all had an impact on me and who I’ve become.

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Being an English major or an arts major in general is difficult because there are always people questioning what you will do afterwards with such a vague and “useless” degree. To a certain extent, they’re right, pursuing an arts degree might not be the best option financially, but I guarantee you that it is the absolute best decision intellectually and psychologically. I honestly believe that I have learned so much more studying the arts than I would have learned studying the maths or the sciences. When one chooses to study the arts, they don’t just learn about the arts, they learn about the people and world around them. They learn about human experiences and what it means to sympathize with the characters in each of their books. They learn and master the art of communication and conversation, which are probably the two most important skills when it comes to getting hired.

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Because of my education at York, I can proudly say that my communication skills are the reason why I was hired by TD Bank, named One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Best of the Big Five Banks in Customer Service Experience. Employers want to hire people they like, and I feel like reading and writing imaginatively pursuing my English degree has made me an overall well rounded person in terms of both intellect and personality.

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Also because of York, I have met some of my greatest and closest friends. Thanks to everybody who took me in and nurtured me, who taught me everything I know today. Thank-you for your patience and understanding and helping me to become more confident in myself. When I first came to York, I didn’t have any friends, I was always alone and quite content with just myself. And then I was encouraged to play volleyball and join a club. Through that club, not only did I develop my sport skills, but I also created these amazing friendships that I know are for life.

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I’m truly grateful for these past four years. I grew from a shy and awkward caterpillar, to a beautiful social butterfly. I’ve done and tried so many new things and I’ve discovered more and more about myself through every experience. I want to encourage everyone reading this to not be scared to pursue your passions. Have an open mind and don’t be scared to try new things. Do what makes you happy, and don’t be intimidated by obstacles that may come along the way. Live for today and try not to compromise your present in hopes for a better future. It’s great to plan ahead and stay focused, but don’t forget to enjoy right now as well.

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It might be the end of my journey at York, but it’s just the beginning of the rest of my life. I don’t know what to expect, I’m not even entirely sure where I’m heading. All I know is that I’m happy where I am and I’m excited for what the future holds. I welcome every opportunity with open arms and I strive to always do my best in everything I do. Thank-you York and everyone who was a part of my experience here. I am now officially a York Alumni. ☺️

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all photo credits to my amazing brother Jason <3

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