Graduation is a milestone that every student looks forward to achieving. Yesterday my family congratulated my sister Emma for earning her Honours Specialization in Health Sciences with Distinction. For four years Emma has had perfect attendance as she dedicatedly studied (rehabilitation sciences) at the University of Western Ontario. Emma’s hard work really shone through earning her a Gold Medal for being the top of her graduating class. She also got to be the Gonfalon carrier for her faculty. There is something to be said about studying in the field of your interest. Emma’s passion led her to be rewarded with these privileges. While she is naturally very intelligent there is no denying that she invested extra hours into readings, lectures, studying and exams.
To say the least, I am one very proud sister. Emma truly embodies the role of a leader and yesterday was just one more event that helped us to remember all of her past accomplishments. Emma shares her wealth of knowledge in the London community by volunteering in positions such as “LIT” tutoring. I was thankful that yesterday’s weather brought sunshine and warmth. Even though the Health Science award lunch and graduating ceremony was held inside, the majority of the gatherings (Alumni reception and photo taking) were outdoors. I welcomed the fresh air as my family and I drove a total of four hours. Despite the prolonged periods of sitting, my toes still managed to get blisters. How does this always happen?
As Dr. Seuss would say “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened”. While this quote might be overused, it is the perfect saying to reference on a special day like convocation. After all, a graduation is not an end, it is the start of a new chapter in one’s life. Emma’s honours will open so many future doors and opportunities. Next year she will be continuing her education at the University of Toronto as she embarks on completing a Masters in Physiotherapy. I am excited to be her future practice patient.
Congratulations on a well-earned celebration to all graduates out there. The world is at your feet. I can appreciate how much hard work it takes to earn a grade, certificate, diploma, degree, doctorate and or other title. It must feel outstanding to have a final show and document for proof as to what you have completed. … Or as Emma Donoghue, who received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Western yesterday, half-hearted joked, “was given”. In case you did not know, an Honorary Doctorate is something one is chosen, or elected to receive. I thought that Emma Donoghue, the author of “Room”, was a well-deserving candidate of this award. In appreciation, Emma Donoghue delivered a very eloquent, well-versed, witty and rhyming speech. It was a piece that I thoroughly enjoyed and I hope that one day I share my convocation with a figure as interesting as Emma Donoghue.
June is a busy month for so many and for that reason I would encourage you all to take the time to reflect on the great things that have been happening around you. Change isn’t only present when rewarded. ♥ Molly
Oh the Places You’ll Go – “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss