BentleyU Falcons Take Flight

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BentleyU Falcons Take Flight

Noor Ashikin, The Ever-Fabulous and Loving Mother of Mine

Noor Ashikin, The Ever-Fabulous and Loving Mother of Mine

Mary Meas, The Once-Forever-Busy-Now-Spanish-Lifestyle-Living Graduate

Mary Meas, The Once-Forever-Busy-Now-Spanish-Lifestyle-Living Graduate

Thank You Umi (Mother) For Giving Me the Gift of Life and Education

Thank You Umi (Mother) For Giving Me the Gift of Life and Education

Lorraine Mumby, The Ever-Fashionable Founder & Ex-President of Bentley's Fashion Club

Lorraine Mumby, The Ever-Fashionable Founder & Ex-President of Bentley's Fashion Club

Falcons, Ready To Leave The Nest

Falcons, Ready To Leave The Nest

I Hereby Graduate From My Bentley Bag, Thank You For The Last 4 Years Carrying Thick-As-Bricks Accounting/Finance Textbooks.

I Hereby Graduate From My Bentley Bag, Thank You For The Last 4 Years Carrying Thick-As-Bricks Accounting/Finance Textbooks.

Saturday, 16th May 2015. A day of celebration; a day of ceremony; a milestone, it is the day that I came out…as a Bentley graduate, class of 2015. While “officially” I completed my studies and received my diploma sometime around December 2014, the feeling, or perhaps the chapter of my life spanning 4 years cannot be concluded without walking over to that stage on campus to receive an empty diploma cover, a hug from the President (of Bentley University…not the United States), applause from a crowd of family and friends (mostly strangers to me), and tears of joy from the eyes of the woman who raised me, my mother, Noor Ashikin binti Mohd Jidan. So, I’m “done.” What else can I say about the event that took place on May 16, 2015?

Like many milestone one marks in their Life, the feeling is bittersweet (unless you’re really into studying or really into frat parties then i’m sure it was a bitter time for them). Just as the expression, “the grass is greener on the other side” summarizes - I always wanted to be done with my studies (well, not really…i’d like to think of myself as a scholar) but once i received my diploma and entered the “real world” (though the days I spent studying and living for the past four years are no less “real”) I began to yearn for those days of freedom, financial dependance on mommy & daddy, and fewer responsibilities (I jest, I am not that spoilt). Of course, that is not to say that the mature world of the “adult life” is without merits, I am merely overwhelmed by the unknown, the possibilities, the potential outcomes that may arise from the actions I take today.

I may not know where Tomorrow will take me but today - I know that I am here, in the great (and expensive) city of Boston; with a job (one with a great team, various inspirations, and the opportunity for me to actually stay in the USA); various projects to fill my time (from La Vie Umami, to Instagram, to The Fillings, amongst many others); skills I’ve gained and continue to hone from Bentley University to create other paths; friends I’ve made over the years and throughout the world to keep me company; and the wisdom and guidance gleamed and learnt from family, friends, teachers, professors, principals, co-workers, and…that of the Creator - all of which will help to spread my Falcon blue wings and take to the skies above.

I thank you, Bentley University, for the good, the bad, the helpful, and the irrelevant.