Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition relates one student’s reaction to attending a university graduation.

Gavin Laielli – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As Mustangs arrive back to school for the second semester, students across American are celebrating their ultimate academic successes. Last month, I attended family friend Jessica Fall’s graduation from the University of Alabama.

It was a surreal experience, watching students take on a new chapter in their lives and become something great.

laielli at bama graduation
The author (l) with an inspiring family friend

Fall said, “High School lays the foundation for college, and college solidifies the foundation for life. They say time flies when you’re having fun and those words couldn’t have been more accurate. All the hard work and studying is over, and in the blink of an eye, you’re walking the stage to the rest of your life. “

Fall majored in nursing, and attended Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama. She graduated among 106 other students hoping to further their nursing careers.

On Friday, Dec. 14, the nursing pin, which represents a meaningful experience, was distributed to all nursing majors. It symbolizes the completion of education requirements and enables nurses to begin their career.

Fall explained, “The best part of it all is those you share the accomplishment with, your family and friends are the ones that make moments like these extra special. One chapter down, many more to go!”

Not only do the staff and faculty at the University of Alabama’s nursing program set the bar extremely high, they always expect nothing less than students’ best.

Seeing these students achieve such an accomplishment gave me an opportunity to visualize what is possible.

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