When I was asked to write a commencement speech I was a little surprised but not much because I know in my heart when you make a commitment to anything and stick with it you will see results and rewards in the end. The one word that came to my mind was triumph. Triumph has many different meanings and to me my triumph meant to be victorious, an achiever of achievements; and to rejoice over my success.
Three years ago I did not see myself as a graduating student from any college; I only saw someone who was alive but was not living. Because I had been through so much in my life I thought that what I had been through was who I had to be. Determined to get more out of a bad situation I enrolled at CTU and was not only determined that I was going to be a better person but I was going to commit and succeed no matter how tough it got. I was determined to overcome all my obstacles; and to be an example to my children; my granddaughter; family, friends and whomever path that I may have come across. I wanted to show anyone and everyone that would listen that no matter how dark the night gets that there is light in every situation. As a graduate I will not say goodbye to my past but I will leave it as is; because it made me a better student, mother, and woman.
Going back to school should not only be a choice but it is a privilege, honor, and opportunity for you to empower others and yourself. The journey is never easy but it can be managed with the right knowledge and effort put toward your goal. No matter where you are at in life there is an opportunity that waits for you to make your appearance. Triumph does not come easy either; in fact mine came with a lot of sleepless nights, tears, adversity, haters, and financial impairment. As Maya Angelou said, “All great achievements require time”. I recommend that use this time that you have been given to enjoy life; to enjoy your small milestones, as well as the big milestones. They will all add up to greatness eventually.
So, I would like to say to everyone who has a dream, gift or goal take what you love and be the best you that you can be. If you fail at something and you truly love it go back and try it again. Remember to laugh, love, give, pray, and keep pushing yourself to try and do new things every day; even if it is something simple as changing the color of your hair. Never give up; let your faith be your unmovable rock. Being faithful, honest, humble, and steadfast to yourself will not only gain you success but it will make u happier. There comes a time when you are going to realize that faith maybe the only thing standing when all else fails.
I am honored to be part of the 2013 Colorado Technical University online virtual campus Graduating class! My final thought is “Do not measure me by my success but by the many times that I fell and got back up”. Triumph