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SARAH JOAQUIN | It Goes On.

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Hi Friends!

I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately so I dug up my old high school yearbook to check out my picture and quote.

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7 years later, I couldn’t agree more with my 18 year-old self.

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The day that I have been counting down to since the first day of fourth year has finally come and gone. I am now officially a Ryerson Alumna! It went by a lot quicker than I had hoped but thankfully I was able to get video for some parts of my day:

…And just like that 4 years were over.

Current mood: complete and total denial. 

I can’t believe how quickly these last 6 weeks have gone by! From writing my last final exam, preparing for my grad trip to Cuba, to submitting my very first blog, how are we are already at the end!? I can’t believe I was able to walk across that stage to receive my degree and not trip and fall in front of my graduating class. I’ve worked so hard and have envisioned that moment for so long, and now that it’s over I can’t help but ask, “so, now what?…”

A question that I’ve been asked a lot lately is, “How are you feeling?”

And my answer always is: a million different things! It’s a never-ending cycle of being excited, nervous, sad, anxious, scared, and proud. I’m excited for what’s in store for me after I leave Ryerson. Excited to start my career and explore the different opportunities the CPA designation will provide in the future. On the other hand, I’m nervous to leave my student-life bubble to enter the real world knowing that life won’t ever be as “easy” as it was as a student (this I have been told a million times).

And then there are moments when I truly feel sad. The kind of sadness that overwhelms you after your favourite show runs its very last episode or that feeling you get when you finish a really good book and you don’t want it to end. These past 4 years were some of the best years of my life and I’m almost wishing that I could do it all over again. After I was handed that piece of paper that I worked 4 long years for, marked the official end of a really long chapter I like to call ‘My Life at Ryerson’ (even writing this now, I can say that I already miss school).

But, at the end of the day, I’m really proud of myself and my fellow peers. I’m proud to say that I made it through 4 years of long nights of studying, staying up late to finish projects, stressing over exams, making new friends, and really finding myself. Four years ago, I walked into TRS 1-067 for my very first lecture at Ryerson (it was for BUS 100). Shy, introverted, and scared, I had no idea that in the 4 years to come, I would be capable of reinventing myself into the complete opposite and just how relevant Professor Schlanger’s Find the Pony analogy would be today. If you’re unfamiliar, here is a link to the meaning behind the phrase: Find The Pony. Long story short, to Find the Pony is “to find value or good where none is evident”. One of the most important things I’ve learned as a student at Ryerson is that there are countless opportunities available for you while you’re in school and even after. It’s a matter of going outside of your comfort zone, taking advantage of the resources available to you, seizing those opportunities and constantly striving towards being the best version of yourself. 4 years after walking into that very first lecture, I’m proud to say that Ryerson has helped me do just that. I’m not a psychic, nor can I predict the future, but one thing I know for sure is a quote that will forever be ingrained in my head after walking into TRS almost every day for 4 years: the best is yet to come (c’mon, you really didn’t think I wouldn’t include that in at least one of my posts!).

Of course I didn’t get here on my own. A huge shout out to the amazing Ryerson professors, staff, faculty, and advisors (special shout outs to Dr. Andrea Martin-Pichora from the Centre for Student Development and Counselling  and TRSM’s accounting career advisor, Laura Henshaw!). Ryerson students are truly lucky to have that constant support from faculty and staff who really care about the success of their students even outside of the classroom. To my family and friends, thank you for your never-ending support, encouragement, and guidance throughout my four years at Ryerson. For cheering me on during the times I doubted myself, for putting up with my stress during exams, and for always believing in me, thank you.

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My support system!

With that said, I’d like to wish a huge congratulations to the Ryerson graduating class of 2015!! Never lose sight of your dreams and all the best in what lies ahead! We are the future leaders of tomorrow and I can’t wait to read about all the Ryerson Alumni success stories. As Minor Myers once said, “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

Thank you for allowing me to share my Road From Ryerson journey!

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All the best,
– Sarah

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