Generally not a fan of pomp and circumstance, I make an exception for seeing my friends graduate. The vet school commencement was a nice event last year. Though unable to go this year, I was happy to see many of my fourth-year friends in the days preceding the event. Many of them are now heading off to their various internships across the country. I wish them the best of luck and thank them for welcoming me to school when I entered last fall and giving me great advice over the past two years!
Events like commencement bring many emotions, ranging from deep appreciation and excitement to sadness and nostalgia. In 2014 I said goodbye to some of the most wonderful people who have come into my life, my college “blockmates.” As freshmen, we all lived in different dorms but decided to “block” together, meaning that we ended up living in the same house for the next three years. Despite pursuing careers in medicine, finance, law, or academia and living in different cities, we still make a point of talking with each other whenever we can. All of our schedules are very busy, but we understand the importance of our friendship and make that phone call when it has been “too long.”
Finishing one degree program, switching jobs, or moving to a new city all signal a chapter of our lives closing and a new one beginning. While important to forge on with our lives and continue writing our stories, it is always good to keep a bookmark handy and reconnect with those people special to us.