Finals are over, the grades are in and I've walked the stage. I'm a graduate. It's hard to say goodbye to RIT. This has been my home for many years (literally - I grew up in Rochester). This is where I made my BFFs. This where I learned so many life skills, like where to find free food and the latest I can get up and still make it to class. This place inspired me to follow my passions and discover my talents, i.e., Chipotle and dodging longboards. On the other hand, RIT has fully prepared me for the world. I've done my share of presentations, papers and studied for the exams. I'm confident in my abilities to handle what life throws at me and I know that my friends will always be a text message or phone call away.
For the next couple months, I'm staying in Rochester preparing for my next adventure. Then, at the end of July I'm shipping off to Barcelona, Spain to teach English. Traveling and learning about new cultures has always been an interest of mine. During my time at RIT, I traveled abroad twice during two intersessions. Looking back, my advice is to take advantage of the clubs, organizations, groups and resources to do what you love. There's something here for everyone whether it's theater or ukelele, archery or coding. Remember to take your classes seriously, but have fun too!