||[May. 13th, 2009|03:06 pm]
Ash shell ee anne
For the Class of 2009:
Ashleyanne Krigbaum, Class of 2003
Choir Council Publicity Manager
Jenny Lind Finalist; ITS chords
Edith in Pirates of Penzance, 2003
The Alto in The All Night Strut, 2002
Chorus in Man of La Mancha, 2000
You are upon a threshold at this moment. You most likely know the next steps that you’re about to take towards your own goals and further development of your individuality. Or, you’re deathly scared of the big “Unknown” which awaits you in just a few weeks. Either way, you will persevere and you will be a-okay. The coming strides you take towards achieving your goals and dreams will most likely lead you down paths you have never considered taking – and from my experience, that’s the best part of the journey. You can plan, or not plan, as much as you’d like, but there is so much more to life than calculations. The best parts, the parts that will most likely affect and define you within the next decade, will be completely unexpected. How wonderful and exciting does that sound? Or, terrifying and vague, depending on how you feel. Take these moments, these detours and don’t disregard them. There are many roads that will take you towards your own personal fulfillment, your own dreams, but remember to be open to the fact that they may not be labeled on any map.
The most useful shred of advice I can give to all of you lovely, go-getting, bushy-tailed Seniors is to just go for it. You want to try living in another country? Go for it. You want to start your own traveling Vaudeville show? Go for it. I have spent too much of my university years planning meticulously and stressing about how to achieve what I want. One day, you may realize that you’ve missed out on so many great things because you thought things through too much. Look before you leap, but don’t sit on the sidelines too long pondering out too many technicalities. Life is short, your good years are even shorter, and nothing will change, nothing will happen unless you give it a shot. I hope that you don’t miss yours.