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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Although I always cared for progressing in my studies, I never thought that I would be studying something related to leadership and management. And despite struggling in the beginning with technical subjects such as business and data analysis, I overcame the tension and gained a lot of knowledge in return (and perhaps a newfound love for math?). I didn’t realize how much of an achievement it was until I walked with my peers during the ceremony. I felt proud to be there with everyone; we each had a story to share and we did.

It felt amazing; I’ve never been part of an experience where I was graduating alongside 1,500+ students. I attended the graduation ceremony in the main branch (headquarters) of Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York. The main campus of the university is absolutely gorgeous, and it made me wish that I had taken the program there, instead.

The road trip to the campus, the wait and the walk on the stage were all one exhilarating experience. Hearing people that you’ve never seen or met before cheer you on while you make your way across the stage and shake the dean’s hand is just emotionally overwhelming (in a good way).

I couldn’t have imagined a better way to graduate. Also, special thanks to the people behind the camera for giving me extra screen time – I loved those zoom-in moments.

Fun fact: Rochester Institute of Technology (est. 1829) prides itself for having nine colleges including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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