Boston, it’s been real. A year ago, I moved to Boston to start my journey at Boston College, and the Beantown has carved out a special place in my heart. I truly believe Boston is the prettiest city in the United States, besides these rats and rodents all over the streets making it seem like we’re living in the 1300s again. I have met so many amazing people throughout the course of this past year and can’t wait to see where everyone ends up after graduation. All of you might know me as the quiet kid who never spoke during the semester, but for those of you who personally know me, I’m quite the opposite. If anyone wants to have a conversation, my BC email should still exist for a few months, but if not, you can find me on LinkedIn. I check the messages once in a blue moon, but I’ll definitely get back to you.
So, digital transformation. If you haven’t done it, you’re probably failing at life to be candid. On the first day of class, I had no idea what to expect. There was a syllabus without exams and actual assignments. Blogging and tweeting couldn’t be that hard, right? Over the past three months, as I usually do—I reflected on what the true purpose of this class was about. There is always innovation in some corner of the world, and though we might not know all of it, it’s incumbent upon us to stay updated with the trends. Heck, I used Twitter for the first time, and though I hate it, I appreciate social media slightly more than I used to. I became a name behind a screen that nobody really knows but has an idea. Blogging became a tri-weekly trend and reading other blogs and commenting became a habit. After about two weeks, I got the hang of class and enjoyed learning from my peers. It’s a much different model than any other course I’ve taken in my life, but I would rather learn from my peers than a textbook used repeatedly for ages. A textbook can’t be reflective of every era, but we are reflective of modern-day trends. The insight of our guest speakers was also a key component of this class. Hearing from actual people that are hands-on for several revolutionary projects we use on a daily basis taught me to appreciate our journey and trust the path that we’re on. If you’re passionate about something, you’ll meander your way around several jobs, but end up finding what you truly love.
For me, that path has been intentionally created to force my way into IB. Each position, each role, and each person I’ve met have been a steppingstone and a constant for me to help me reach my dreams. I hope for everyone in this class, each class is a stepping stone towards that degree and later the job you desire. I can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful stories, the excellent examples, and the opportunities you’ve provided me with. As an almost 23-year-old, I can say Boston and Boston College have shaped me into an even more polished version of who I was. Years from now, I’ll look back and tell myself this was the best year of my life because it has been, and I think it will be for the rest of my life. Traveling, many experiences, the IB interviews everyone always talks about, I’m not ever getting that back. There are better years ahead, but 2021 is my best year of all time. Fly Eagles Fly! See you all at graduation.