April 2nd, 2020 was supposed to be the day I walked the stage, receive a certificate, and move my tassel from one end to another, signifying the end of a journey I spent 5 years perfecting.
First class honors (Summa Cum Laude for those of you in other parts of the world), one of the more active students on campus, an award winner, and one of six candidates for valedictorian.
Then, all of a sudden and out of nowhere: COVID-19. No ceremony, no senior traditions, no celebrations, nada.
Now, you can probably tell how salty I am about all of this, because I most definitely am. For so long, I stayed bummed out because not only was I not getting a ceremony but I was also stuck at home without any way to celebrate with my friends.
Then we began to adapt. We began facetiming each other, playing games online, and suddenly this was the new normal. So we celebrated.
That’s when one of my friends showed us this song…
This isn’t usually my type of song to jam to, my friends can probably attest to that, but this made me feel so seen for once, realizing how many other people were actually in this with me. Just because we didn’t get to celebrate didn’t mean we didn’t make it. We did, we worked so damn hard and here we are about to open up our next chapters.
Repeat this song like I have been for the past month, sing, dance, jump around. Celebrate. We made it.
I didn’t get to walk the stage and move my tassel this time around, but all the more special for when I have my masters degree in another 2-3 years. Until then, I’m not about to slow down…
It’s been a long time comin’
All these blessings rolling in
I ain’t even see ’em comin’
Too hard, too hard, I been going too hard now
They say I need a vacation, say I need to slow down
And I ain’t tryna slow down
Pretty face with a bad attitude
Working like I got too much to lose
Built this sh** up on two by twos