AILEEN KARL|Back To The Future


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One Last Post To Rule Them All

I’m writing this final blog post, still basking in the after glow of convocation. It’s hard to explain but I would swear something magical happened that day. Like the stars aligned to create an amazing day. The sun was shining. Strangers were congratulating me. I can’t remember ever feeling so accomplished about something.

Since then I’ve been riding a wave of pride that has made me feel proactive. I’m happy to report that I’m finally taking advantage of the resources available to me and have booked an appointment with the Careers and Employers Partnership Centre at TRSM. Hopefully I’ll be able to report back soon with some good news.

Thank you to everyone for your support; it’s been a ride. I’ve experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows- but I wouldn’t change anything because these experiences have made me who I am today.

Shaking President Levy’s hand.

Dear Future Me

I thought it would be fitting to end off with a letter that I wrote to my future self, to be read five years from now. It’s a little cheesy- kind of like one of those time capsules your teachers forced you to do in middle school. But I hope that present me can offer future me some good advice. (if that makes any sense in a Back to the Future way!)

Here goes:

To my future self,

I hope that time has been kind to you and that you are well.

I’m writing this to you as a new graduate, filled with passion, hope and the immortality of youth. Hopefully you are well on your way to establishing yourself out in the working world- if not, don’t panic-you have the rest of your life to figure things out.

I’m sure by now you will have experienced the bureaucracy of the corporate world, felt frustration over lack of recognition and witnessed things that you have worked hard on being torn down by others. Forget about them. I’m here to remind you about what you love: creating, designing and writing. Don’t let others stifle your creative spirit. Crazy ideas just might work out even if they seem impossible initially.

Remember that you are stronger than you think and that you have control of your own destiny. Now is not the time to stand in the background and watch others succeed. Stand up. Have the courage to let your opinions be known. Hard work is what has gotten you here; don’t be afraid to let others see it.

Be proud of yourself, you have accomplished so much even if at times it is hard to see. When things get tough, take a step back and surround yourself with those that build you up, instead of breaking you down. Hold those relationships close to your heart and nurture them, let them keep you grounded. Never forget where you’ve come from and those that have helped you get there. Limit your cynicism and give people a chance before you dismiss them, they just may end up surprising you.

But most of all, I hope that you are happy and truly enjoy what it is that you’re doing. If not, get off your lazy butt and do something about it. Life is way too short to be miserable. Never forget that only you have the power to make change in your life. We all deserve our best chance.

And if you’re still living at home, punch yourself in the face. Really hard.


Dad, you were supposed to get the hashtag in the pic!