I Never Took Graduation Seriously. My Students Showed Me Why It’s Such a Big Deal.

Graduation is a special day when the trials and tribulations of life’s hardships do not apply

Ryan Fan
Age of Awareness

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I have never taken graduation very seriously. My mom came to my high school graduation, but no one else did. My college graduation came and went, and my parents came. When I graduated with my Master’s Degree, I got sick with a cold. It was two years after COVID-19 broke out, and I decided not to go and told my family that I did not feel comfortable getting everyone else sick.

Graduation has never been a big deal to me as a ceremony. This is a result of my personal ambition of always looking to the next step. Graduating high school was not a big deal because I didn’t even graduate college yet. Graduating college wasn’t a big deal because I didn’t even go to graduate, law, or medical school yet. Graduating with my Master’s was not a big deal because I didn’t even get a doctorate yet, as there was always something more that I needed to accomplish after. It’s not like I suffered no hardships, but the hardships were more personal and never had a huge impact on my academics.

I had one friend who said it wasn’t a big deal when they graduated high school. He said it was just an expectation that he would go to…

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Ryan Fan
Age of Awareness

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