May begins the months of graduations–a time of endings right alongside new beginnings. What a beautiful dichotomy! My younger sister Lauren is about to graduate with her undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Bradley University this May. She is one smart cookie and I could not be more proud of her and all that she has accomplished.
Unfortunately, with clinical schedules, geography was not in our favor and I won’t be able to make the trek from California to Illinois to watch her cross the stage and accept her diploma in person. Even though I can’t be home for this important moment, I want to take a moment to ensure that Lauren knows just how loved she is. Her dedication to the fields of study that she loves inspires me each and every day. I’ve been on the other end of phone calls where she’s rattling off an alphabet soup of variables and coefficients and all I can do is nod along and attempt to understand because she is so amazingly smart and knows so much about concepts I could only hope to superficially grasp.
Lauren, as you embark on your next adventure (your PhD), I hope you embrace all of the new opportunities that lie ahead. As this chapter ends, new pages are waiting for you and I know you will fill them well with new memories, new challenges, and likely a few new calculations and proofs along the way. You have so many paths ahead of you and all of the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in all that you do. No matter where this crazy world takes you, never lose your curiosity and inquisitive drive–they are some of your most powerful tools and they will serve you well. However, if there is one piece of advice that I have learned and wish to pass along to you, it is that no matter how old you become or how many degrees you have, there will always be more to learn and that is a truly beautiful thing.