When graduation season approaches, I oftentimes nostalgically reflect back on my college career. I spent four wonderful years at Elon University in N.C. and wouldn't trade my college experience for anything in the world. As a 2006 grad, it's hard to believe I've now been out of school for as long as I was in school. I miss the beautiful campus, my friends and sorority sisters, my professors and the value that Elon upholds, but I am also proud of the life I've built and how far I've come since graduation.
This being the case, I realized there was no better time than now to pick up a copy of "Commencement." The book is said to focus on four girls who are reuniting four years after their college graduation for a wedding and it reflects back to the college years and their experiences since then. It "captures the intensity of college friendships, first loves and explores the complicated and contradictory landscape facing young women today."
"Their friendships have changed, but they're still devoted to each other. Together, they experience the ecstatic highs and painful lows of early adulthood."
This sounds quite similar to the nature of my college friendships today. Although we live in different cities scattered across the East coast, when we get together it's like nothing has changed. We are all growing separately and our lives are being shaped by the paths we've taken, but we are all cheering each other on and supporting each other's goals and dreams as we conquer the 20s.
No one ever told me how hard the 20s would be. I agree that it's full of ups and downs, happy times and disappointments, but I know each experience has made me the strong woman I am today. I can look back on the past few years and see how far I've come. I truly feel that these are the make or break it years that will mold you into the person you're meant to be.
The book is said to show how things apply to the girls' real lives after college in the matters of love, work and family. I am interested to read what happens as I have worked hard to find a balance between all these things. It's a labor of love.
I look forward to diving into this book and will let you know what I think.
For now, Long Live Elon and love to my friends near and far.