Open Letter to the Graduates


Dear Graduates,

It is really a good feeling to finally receive your diploma after years of hard work. You finally get the rest you deserve. But just remember, this is just the beginning of your journey.

Now I know what you are thinking. You must be reflecting what it means to be at the beginning of your journey. Well, as Semisonic quotes it perfectly, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”. It simply means that another journey is ahead of you. Wait, calm down. I will just bring you fewer expectations.

Just rest on this fact; you hold your future in your hands. You get to initiate when to start your trek, anytime, anywhere. But while we may have our own life journeys, remember that everyone is watching you. Your family is watching you. The corporate world that is willing to accept freshly picked fruits from the orchard is watching you. The blue collar world that has a high demand for hard earners is watching you. The consumerist world that will keep going on a loop is watching you. The government that may keep track or not of every workforce is even watching you. Thus, everyone is really watching you.

But do not get hard on yourselves. It does not that we are being watch that we will be scared. Everybody is scared. Let me tell you that. Every worker will always be scared on where his or her career will lead them to. But they accept fear as a challenge. So, for an encouragement, be constantly challenged by what career path you chose. Because, for frank’s sake, your career is a competitive for yourself, for you are the only competitor and opponent of your path.

And here is another thing. I know for instance that the career you chose is the least demanding in the real world, as stated by current events. I faced that fact with a bit of dismay but I shrugged it off because I stayed optimistic at the outlook of my career track. Another encouragement, do not let others dictate of what your career is like. The world needs passionate people at a time where the passion is to survive. Just keep on pouring out that passion because you will need it when finding a perfect venue for your career path. And if you still have not found yet the perfect job, do not quit. Cliché as it is, you must not quit winning for that opportunity.

It takes a leap of faith where to direct your career next. As I always take in mind, the Lord God has set a plan where to direct me. He has for us as well. All we need is to be faithful to it and take courage to charge its reins. Yes, the country is not your ideal place to start your career. Yes, the job setting you have is not that much of a gold mine as you think it should be. Yes, the challenge is tough that you want to curl up and comfort yourself. And yes, real life sucks. But hey, it is life. We just need to be passionate, faithful and courageous.

The toga and the hat you wore are there for a reason. Not just means of celebration but of initiation that you have entered the true game. So, keep playing. If we win, keep playing. If we lose, keep playing. Because the country needs passionate players.

Hoping for the best of you. And so am I.

Best regards,

The Reluctant Citizen



I am a Peterson, a Bosconian, a Lasallian, an ENC Member, a movie buff, a writer, a thespian, an optimist and a servant of God. And I will tell you a story.

One thought on “Open Letter to the Graduates

  1. Hey!

    This is a great [and very true] post.

    I’m loving your blog (followed!) but I would also like to invite you to submit a short piece to my own. I think your perspective and style of writing would be a perfect piece for my project.

    It’d also be a great way to get your blog/writing out there.

    Please feel free to email me (jennifer@youngandtwenty) with more questions, or take a look at the ‘BEING Young & Twenty’ page on my blog.

    I hope I’ll hear from you 🙂



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