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Read This If You're Beating Yourself up for Not Graduating on Time

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When you enroll in college, it's implied that you'd finish on time. You don't enter college and think, "What if I don't graduate on time?" It's not common to think you'd be left out in the world of college while your batchmates set off to find jobs after graduation. But when requirements pile up one after another, keeping up with all the schoolwork becomes a challenge. Before you know it, you've failed a subject or two and would have to retake them. And the next thing you know, you're a year behind the prescribed curriculum.

And that's when it all sinks in: you're no longer graduating with your batch. But let me tell you something—there is nothing wrong with that. Sure, people will talk and some may even judge you, but who cares? It's what they always do anyway. They will ask questions as to why you won't be graduating yet and it will put you down, but don't let them get to you.

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You're only answerable to yourself and what you feel about the situation.

Are you okay with not graduating on time? Are you ashamed that you are? Because, tbh, you shouldn't be. Yes, it's not something to be proud of but it's not something to be ashamed of either. You shouldn't let this obstacle stop you from working hard and eventually, getting that degree.

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Staying behind sure isn't something in your plans but trust me when I say that it's not the end of the world. Not graduating on time doesn't mean that you have failed. It means that you're given another chance in life to redeem yourself. So what if your batchmates graduate ahead of you? It's not about how long you finish school, it's about the journey and the obstacles that you encountered and how you handled them that will have bearing on how you work. 

Not graduating with your batch is only one of the many challenges that you will encounter in life. Instead of being sad about it, learn from it, finish what you've started, and do it with pride. 

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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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