St. Thomas Aquinas College

Friday May 12, 2017 was a day I never anticipated that I would see. When you’re five-years-old and you’re yearning to go to college and be an astronaut, that dream seems so far-fetched. Even in senior year of high school, attaining a Bachelor’s degree seemed like a dream.

Well, on Friday May 12, 2017, that dream came to be. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. It was a beautiful graduation and it was my first outside graduation. My Monroe-Woodbury High School and Rockland Community College graduations were inside so I was praying for an outside ceremony and it was.

All undergraduates and grad school graduates lined up in the gym. Undergraduates wore black robes and the grad school graduates wore maroon. I was in line with everyone in the gymnasium and I could feel the nervousness and excitement building up in me, and when that happens, I feel it physically. We marched to the band playing the graduation song.

I felt bad that I didn’t do an internship. So many of my colleagues got award after award for their internship. I guess I took psychology just so I could have another degree under my belt.

Two years ago when I started STAC, I knew nobody. I ate lunch by myself, talked quietly with my aide and I kept to myself. I didn’t know where I fit in. I didn’t know anyone at the pool table. One day, I saw guys having a grand old time at the pool table and I knew that I had to go over there. So I did. That was the best thing that I have ever done. From there, I made friend after friend.

I feared going into solitude after I graduated STAC because Acces-VR wouldn’t pay for grad school. Besides that point, grad school intimated me because a. I can’t do night classes, b. I was intimated by the workload and c. I was no longer interested in psychology. Thank goodness grad school was not in the cards for me. I went back to Rockland Community College and started my paralegal certificate. Let me tell you; it was the best thing that I did. I can’t wait to continue my new journey.

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  1. Congratulations on your graduation from STAC! I was at the graduation yesterday and was so happy and proud to see you in the procession of graduates. You should be very proud of yourself and all that you have achieved. You are truly an inspiration! Wishing you much happiness and success in your future endeavors!

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