☆Congrats, Class of 2020☆
My college graduation day was the happiest day of my life up to that point. After a morning photo shoot with my family (the gift I asked for), we gathered outside Palacio de los Deportes, an 8,337-seat multi-purpose arena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, waiting in line for hours, my feet in pain because of high heels. Thousands of students dressed in white (@intecrd didn´t use caps and gowns, only a red band on top of a white dress for women and white guayabera for men). It was October 2002, three months had passed since I had finished the curriculum, I didn´t have a job yet and it took me 3 more months to get one, but I was as happy as I could be. I entered the arena with a wide smile, I walked up the stage like if I was walking down the aisle, waiting anxiously to hear my name, no honors other than feeling the pride and the eyes of my family sitting there and cheering for me.
Almost eighteen years have passed and I still remember that day with joy. That joy inspired me to write to you, the Class of 2020.
Graduation is one day, vocation lasts for a lifetime.
You are graduating in a tough moment to say the least, but so are you.
Embrace uncertainty with proactivity, compassion, empathy, and adaptability.
Always serve and seek excellence in everything you do and the biggest joy of your professional life will be the peace of mind of having the trust of your colleagues, clients, and vendors.
It might take longer than you thought, but the best is yet to come.
Lead with your heart.
Cheering for you,