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Monday, May 23, 2016 New York, NY

Graduated and Thankful

To my fellow classmates and graduates, thank you and congratulations. To my loving and supportive parents, thank you. To my family that always cheered me on and pushed me to be better, thank you. To my friends that inspired me and motivated me every day, thank you. To my boyfriend that is always there when I need him, my biggest fan, thank you. And to everyone else that I haven't met yet, but inspired me through other means, my followers, my readers, thank you. Last week I finally graduated college Cum Laude with a BFA in Interior Design, something I have been pursuing for the past four years. This is for you guys, for everyone that believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself. I wouldn't be where I am without you guys.

To everyone else that graduated this year or is graduating this year, I hope that our generation can continue to learn from one another and also teach each other through our creativity, our imagination, to inspire with our determination to reach our goals and will to accomplish what we aspire to be. We know no limits and that's a powerful thing. We're blessed to live in a time where it's so easy to connect with each other, to share ideas, learn, travel, etc. As we enter "the real world," let's remember that rather than competing against our peers, we should empower and push each other to the best of our abilities. This is a time to celebrate how we finally accomplished what we've wanted for ourselves and for what our parents wanted for us as well.

Here's to all those late nights that we stayed up finishing projects or studying for exams. Here's to coffee being our hero in the mornings when we just couldn't. Here's to proving wrong the people that thought that we couldn't. Here's to us using our voices and our minds to continue creating a world where we can be ourselves, be accepting, forgiving, and open minded. Congratulations to the Class of 2016.

I never anticipated being this emotional around graduation time, but it has finally hit me that a chapter of our lives has come to an end. From the cards I've received from family and friends, the words that people took the time to write for me, people I have worked with, people I have interacted with through social platforms, and people I have met through blogging and social media, I know that I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for each and every person that has been a part of my life until this point. I am so blessed and thankful for all the opportunities that my parents have given me and what they sacrificed for me to follow my dreams. I promise that as I take on the world, I will continue to make you proud and won't let you down. I do not know what the future holds for me but I am ready for this next chapter to begin.

A special thank you to BloomThat for sending me this beautiful bouquet for my graduation day. Send your loved one something special for their day. Take 10% off your orders this week with the code "STYLEDANDSMITTENSTEMS"


  1. Beautifully written post, so touching too. A big congratulations to you and I hope you pursue your dreams in the future. x

  2. Congrats on graduating! Only recently learned about the phrases, "cum laude" and "summa cum laude". First heard it from my photographer. Then on Daredevil. And again here. Finally looked it up lmao

  3. I have been waiting for you to make a post about graduating so I can give you a heartfelt message. –

    A big congratulations to you in graduating Interior Design! I believe the first time I followed you on social media, you were just starting FIT. 4 years later, you finally completed college after switching majors. I've never been more proud of you and I can't wait to see you grow as a beautiful person and as a interior designer. I will definitely be sure to go to you for advice in interior design :) best of luck and wishes to your future! I know you got this! :)

    With love,

    1. Thank you so so so much Alyssa! That means a lot to me! And definitely let me help you decorate your first place! :)


  4. Congratulations! This is so exciting! Happy for you and your accomplishments! :)