I Graduated!

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” –Winnie the Pooh

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As surreal as it is, I finally graduated from UC Berkeley. The past 4 years really have flown by. It’s incredible how I started from the first day of CalSo and now I’m here. I lived up my senior year to end my college career with an exclamation mark. I studied abroad in England, backpacked around Europe, moved into the International House in Berkeley and made unforgettable memories with friends around the world.

Sometime in April, it suddenly hit me that I was about to leave college in a month. I had been too busy having fun to internalize the fact that graduation was right around the corner. The panic and near denial that came with the realization were real. Is this what a quarter-life crisis is? But there was no time to figure it out. Before I knew it, I studied for and took my last round of finals, signed my new apartment lease in San Francisco, said heart-breaking goodbyes to my friends and the beautiful campus, and finally threw my cap in the air at the commencement.

IMG_5047Now that the tears of departure were wept away, all there left is gratitude and excitement for the future. Berkeley has given me the most perfect 4 years of college experience that has transformed me. It’s so hard to bid Berkeley farewell because I’ve really loved. Andy from the Office said, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” Luckily I’ve always known that about my times at Berkeley.

I’ve had my time here, and I’m so stoked for the incoming students—nothing can prepare them for the experience that this campus is about to offer them! Stay awesome Berkeley. Forever a Golden Bear ❤

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Last Lecture with Robert Reich

The Senior Council at UC Berkeley chooses a well-received professor every year to give the graduating class a send-off lecture. This year, the professor for my senior class is Robert Reich, a renowned professor at UC Berkeley and Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton.

Humility

Professor Reich told us a story from when he interned at Governor John F. Kennedy’s office. One day, he saw Governor Kennedy walk out of his office with a bunch of important political figures. To his surprise, Governor Kennedy said to him “How are you doing, Bob?” as he walked past him. Prof. Reich could not believe that Governor Kennedy remembered his name and greeted him! This small gesture from Kennedy became such a fond memory of him that he proceeded to work for him for the next 6 months.

He advised us to always pay attention to the people around you, no matter what position they are in. Be humble, attentive, and kind.

Failures

“The test is resilience, not success of failure.”

Prof. Reich called us all “good hoop jumpers.” We had to jump through all the hoops that our teachers, parents, and the society have set in front of us in order to sit here as a graduating senior from UC Berkeley, one of the best universities in the world.

But sooner or later, we will either fail to jump through a hoop or jump through it and fall on our nose. It’s foolish to think that we won’t fail. But the key is to remember that successes and failures do not necessarily define you; resilience does. Continue reading