THIS IS YOUR DAY: A letter to our graduating class of 2018, from Mia Mainprize, future AFDA BCom graduate

News, 11 March 2019

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We all dream about our graduation day. The day we come together to celebrate the end of our school career. The day we look forward to, to say we’ve accomplished something. Graduation day is a time where we start our journey into adulthood. But is it really the end of our learning and education?

As a 2nd year student at AFDA, the idea of graduating in the next 2 or 3 years seems like a bit of a milestone. But as we know, each year goes by quicker and quicker and before we know it, it’s going to be us putting on our own gown and cap. Then, that moment comes along where we would reflect on our last few years and what will we think? Will you feel like you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do? Will you be happy with what you’ve achieved? Will you be ready to go out into the world?

For many, graduation is the ending of something. It may be the ending of our education. It could mean saying goodbye to school and rules, or even the ending of our youth. However, I don’t think it really is any of these things. My granddad shared a little secret with me not long ago and he said that we never really grow up. Even after we graduate or get our first job or even move out of the house, we still learn things every day. We still have to hand things in on time, dress smart for work and occasionally get told what to do because we really have no clue what’s going on.

These words gave me some comfort knowing that even at 75 my granddad was still fazed with some issues that we as students are faced with today. Graduation may be an ending or a celebration of some sorts to be recognised for how far we have come, but it is definitely not the end. Yes, you may have accomplished what you’ve set out to do. Yes, you may be happy with what you’ve achieved and maybe you are ready to go out into the world. Nonetheless, it is not the end of our learning and self-education and it is most definitely not the end of our mental youth.

Take with you what you’ve learnt while here, but leave space for what is yet to come. Graduation does not mean you need to be “ready” or have our next move planned out already. We are only at the beginning.




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