Dear graduates…

A good chunk of our Mental Health Hour podcast listeners are professionals and students in the helping fields. This week, many of you got your final results. For most, this will be a time of pride, celebration and planning for what lies ahead. For more of you, it’ll be a time of rest, recuperation and planning for next steps.

Whatever your next adventure looks like, we hope you can take some time to really appreciate what you’ve achieved. The pursuit of education is fun, it brings us together and it facilitates relationships that we might be lucky enough to maintain for our whole lives. However, it’s also gruelling, demanding and sometimes makes us question whether we are worthy enough, smart enough or dedicated enough.

The last two years of your academic career have been impacted beyond what is measurable and in the face of global crisis, you sat, you studied, you wrote and you graduated.

If you ever find yourself wondering what adaptability looks like, remember your years as an undergrad. If you ever find yourself wondering what resilience in action looks like, remember your years as an undergrad. If you ever find yourself wondering if you can face the enormous challenges that life will throw at you, remember your years as an undergrad.

We hope you find time now to figure out whatever it is that will bring you purpose and meaning in your career and personal life. We also hope you find yourself in a position to be able to take some rest.

Here’s to you, class of 2022!

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