This, here, is the end of my life.
Tomorrow is my last paper, Knowledge Management & Development. I’d always thought that this moment would be one of joy and excitement for me. Yet tonight as I sit here typing these words I feel naught inside but sadness and dread.
The thought lingers in my mind like shrapnel: I’m done, and I’m leaving.
Leaving behind the stress of Final Year Project.
The sucky food and resulting diarrhea.
The assignments, projects and tests.
The permanent Internet connection.
The late night outings to mamak or McDonald’s.
The laughter of coursemates sharing an inside joke.
The hectic running and organizing of university events.
The shared regret of mistakes made.
It’s now that I feel I’ve so much left to say to each and every one of you kindred spirits that I’ve been so fortunate and blessed to have met and gotten to know over the time I have been here in this university.
So much to say for so much left unsaid, indeed.
Thank you to everyone for the laughter, tears, workload, food and experiences we’ve shared up till now. But know that a single sentence of spoken gratitude will never be enough to adequately express all that I’ve learned and undergone in the time that I’ve known all of you.
I’m sorry for all and any wrongdoings and hurt feelings I might have caused you. It has never been my intention to do you any harm in any way.
For better or worse, my time with you has shaped me into who I am today: the devilishly handsome and sexily awesomesauce Jared you all know so well. (You know I couldn’t resist slipping that description of myself in!)
After all this while, I hope my time with you has helped you to learn many new things, overcome personal difficulties and challenges, and inspire you to reach for greater heights.
I pray that you will find your true calling in life, that you will always be loved and love in return, and that you will have happy, meaningful lives to the end of your days.
To you, each and every one of you, I bid you goodbye and au revoir. Because this, here, is the end of my life.
Tomorrow, I will begin life anew; no longer a student, but an adult. There is a world out there to be conquered, and one day I will be its king.