They say college is much more than a degree. Beyond the education attained, the relationships cultivated are equally, if not more, important. I think of college as such a unique opportunity to find your identity, and define who you are among the loved ones you choose to spend time with. As I stood waiting at Old Main, I saw Niharika, her dog Ori, and her best friend Hannah approaching from the distance. It was such a beautiful image to me, seeing how Niharika chose to capture her milestone and memories at Penn State with her two most important relationships.
I have never understood the “man’s best friend” phrase. In fact, when I was nine, I was bitten by a dog, twice. I still have the scars on both my knees. I’ve since developed a phobia for big dogs. But one hour with Ori and I’m sold! Isn’t he the cutest dog you’ve ever seen? I mean, it didn’t take me long to start calling him baby, cutie pie, and silly goose. ?
I love that Niharika’s human best friend was also at the session. It is so meaningful to celebrate your graduation with the ones who matter most to you. And there are so many reasons to celebrate beyond the obvious of making it through the most challenging semester remotely. This HDFS class of 2020 is well on her way toward working for children and youth services, starting with her big job in DC! Many congrats, Niharika!