As a senior mechanical engineering student, graduation looms with mixed emotions. While I love UD and don’t want to leave, the perpetual exhaustion and stress of being a college student will not be missed.

This week was a week that made graduating seem more exciting than sad (a nice way of saying that last week kicked my butt). Between multiple important tests and myriad assignments, I found myself scrambling to even pretend to have it together. What it helped me realize, though, was that I have not gotten this far on my own.

I have worked very hard to get my degree, but I have a phenomenal support system that has gotten me just as far (if not farther) than my hard work. This network includes my family, of course, but I am realizing now that it is also my roommates, who make dinner and listen to my engineering woes even though they don’t understand. It is also my classmates, who take the time to explain things a third time or lament a mean professor together.

It is these people that have pushed me toward my diploma when I thought I was too tired to finish. What a beautiful reminder that we are all in this struggle together.

Editor’s note: Eight scarves are connecting 87 University of Dayton women. Each woman will spend a day with the scarf before meeting  another woman and sharing the scarf with her. After this exchange, each woman will reflect on her experience during her time with the scarf. This post is the ninth in a series. 



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