By: Tiffany Gaston

Now that the end of the semester is here, the time has come to reflect upon where we have been, and what the future holds. This time of year, the feeling of commencement is in the air, but it means something different to every individual. For some, this marks the end of a semester, and they are one step closer to graduation. For others, this marks the end of an academic career that has been filled with fun times, stressful times, and everything in between. This is also a special time for the high school students who are looking forward to moving to East Lansing, and becoming Spartans in the fall; but this is not the end! It is the beginning of new experiences, new memories, and new opportunities to work towards fulfilling your personal goals and aspirations.

For those of you graduating from MSU in the (very) near future, know that you are about to become a part of the BEST alumni network in the WORLD! The Spartan Nation extends well beyond the boundaries of campus! I highly encourage you to take advantage of the benefits associated with your MSU Alumni Association membership, and urge others to do the same. MSUAA has a lot to offer, not to mention that you will gain about 50,000 new friends-including me! Transitioning into the “real world” from life as a student will definitely been an adjustment, and just like your freshman year of college, it gets easier with time. Try not to get so caught up in the stress of life after graduation that you forget to enjoy this phase of your life that you have worked so hard to achieve! You have a bright future to look forward to and the “green” light at the end of the tunnel is telling you to go!

To those of you taking another step forward on your academic journey, keep being the best student that you can be! Know that hard work truly does pay off, and you will soon see that all of the late-night study sessions, early mornings, and cold treks to CATA stop were absolutely worth it! Continue to make lasting memories that only a college setting can provide, and try to make a positive impact in the community. Living life as a college student is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and focus on school, but make the best of it!

And last but not least, incoming Spartans, some of the best times of your life are just a few months away! I remember all of the emotions that flooded my brain in the months prior to starting college and the closer it gets to the start of the fall semester, the more these feelings intensified! Just know that it’s normal, and you are not alone. There will more than enough times for you to feel stressed during your academic career, so just step back and take a moment to soak it all in- you’ll be fine! My advice to you is to focus on time management, build meaningful relationships, and most importantly, be sure that you are doing whatever is necessary to stay on top of your grades! Believe me, when it is time to apply for jobs or internships, you will be happy that you did! Use the resources that are available to help you succeed, and don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

I really do bleed green, and as I sit here typing this post, I can’t help but smile as I think about how my days as a student are coming to an end. I can honestly say that my time here at MSU was well worth the investment, and I know that I have grown both personally, and professionally. Now the time has come to transition from college to corporate, and in the midst of the bittersweet emotions, I know that it is truly time to start the next chapter of my life; but one thing’s for sure, I will never forget how MSU changed my life. I have laughed, cried, and everything in between, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

To all of my fellow Spartans, best wishes in your future endeavors, and GO GREEN!


Tiffany Gaston was an Alumni Career Services Assistant for the MSU Alumni Association and as of today is a graduate from the Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations program at MSU. She has already been hired by an amazing company that she looks forward to working with upon her graduation, and hopes to continue to mentor many more Spartans in the future.


1 comment

  1. Lisa W. Parker 4 May, 2012 at 08:18

    Well put, Tiffany! Congratulations on your graduation and thanks for the contribution you’ve made, and will continue to make, to the Spartan Nation.

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