10 June 2022

Time to say Goodbye

Time to say Goodbye

I’s that time of year again.Time to write exams, clean out the lockers, and say our goodbyes.

As I write this, there are students standing outside my window chatting about the exam they just wrote. There is pollen flying through the air, and there is bustling activity in the school planning for graduation events.

The end of the year is bittersweet for me. It makes me think about all of the things I’ve accomplished and everything I wanted to do, but just couldn’t get done. It makes me examine the conversations I’ve had, the ideas that crossed my mind, but never made it past the paper stage, and all of the time that has gone by.

I graduated in 1999 and I remember feeling nervous and liberated. I would be free from the rules and regulations of my high school; yet I was about to embark on a new chapter in my life and attend a post secondary institution with thousands of people I had never met. What would life after high school look like? Who would I be? Would I be successful? Would I make new friends? These were just some of the questions running through my mind and I’m sure there were many others as well.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career wise and so I studied in the Social Sciences program to explore a variety of options. I can fully understand why so many students today feel overwhelmed when it comes to post secondary studies. There are so many options and programs to choose from and there is a fear about choosing the wrong one.

We need to move away from the typical straight and narrow path that we will all choose just one thing and pursue that for the rest of our lives. Our students have so much talent and skill that can be used in a variety of ways.

I attended Concordia in order to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations. I remember having to explain to almost everybody what that program was about. No, it was not Human Resources or Organizational Behavior and no it did not give me a specific title or career. This was often frustrating for my parents who didn’t understand the classes that I took or where the program would lead.

We have to be open and aware of our strengths and our skills. I want our students to think about what they can contribute to their surroundings and create a world that they want to live in. Everyone should think about what will make them happy and find out what they are meant to do because then and only then, will it feel right. We must learn from all of our mistakes, experiences, and encounters and figure out the next step.

Parents, teachers, coaches, and friends are there to guide and support you as you create your own paths, but in the end, you need to follow your own heart, make decisions that are right for you and live with the outcomes.

Every moment is a lesson, every lesson an experience, and those experiences shape who you will become.

Congratulations to all graduates. ​​May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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