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May 16, 2015

The day has finally come…my college graduation. Something I’ve been preparing for since pre-k (but srsly). I don’t even know where to begin so I’m just going to start with the most important part to me.

My parents. My rocks. My guidance. I don’t know the type of woman or where I would be today without the push, drive to persevere, and the leading example of hard work. Thank you mom and dad for giving me the world, you gave it to me by giving me the key to opportunity. I appreciate and love you guys beyond imagine. No words can ever express my gratitude enough.

College was never an option in my household, it was obligatory and set in our minds (to my sibs and me) that college was just the next step after high school. My degree is so much more to me than a piece of paper; it resembles dedication, hard work, and ultimately success.

I can’t tell you the countless times I had wanted to give up. It freaking happens, college is not one big party. I mean it got so hard I have literally cried over a math problem (and I don’t mean a small tear). I pulled an all-nighter once at school with a friend and built a bed out of ridiculously uncomfortable chairs (slept for 30 mins – crap is that still considered an all-nighter?) and failed my exam because I was falling asleep (pretend you didn’t read that mom and dad — lesson learned).

I remember being so drained some semesters because of the overwhelming amount of stress; I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I got through this point with the helping hand and motivating words from my cousin Krystle. I reached out to her because she’s someone I really look up to and I knew she would know what to say. She made me realize that people have this point of a major breakdown…college is freaking TOUGH and reassured me that everything was going to be OK.

Oh GAWD can we stop talking about the hardships and get to why COLLEGE WAS THE BEST THING EVER! I was able to have some exceptionally knowledgeable and devoted professors at San Diego State and EVC (you know the ones that give a farewell speech at the end of the semester and you just want to hug them. Shout-out to Osinski, Sundaramurthy, and Probett + Olsen…YOU ROCK, your exams are HARD, but you’re the most knowledgeable professor I have ever had, and Mirella, my counselor at EVC, who I have always considered one of my biggest mentors and role models). I have learned and gained so much insight both inside and out of the classroom.

Dad lookin’ so sharp!

Living in San Diego was a party in itself. Holy crap, the food, the nightlife, the beaches, and the place I met Ryan.

I am one blessed girl to have the most charismatic, helpful, and loving boyfriend in the entire world. He really pushed me and has been the most understanding and supportive boyfriend. Our long distance relationship has only grown stronger throughout my time in San Diego (with the help of you making frequent visits…thank you love!!!). + Our many vacations throughout all of my school breaks.

To my siblings:

I hope I have led by example to my younger three. I love all four of you guys and you all have inspired me in so many ways. I love all of you.

So what’s next?!

Well I make the big move and start the next chapter in my life.

Thanks to the friends I have made in San Diego that have made my life here unforgettable. It has been some of the best years of my life.

To all the graduates…CONGRATULATIONS! We did it!!! Time to go out there take on the real world!

I can now laugh at these memes instead of cry.

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 Said goodbye to San Diego State like…

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You Go Glen Coco,

– Alyssa

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