2010 Graduate's Reflection

It was strange.  As I walked to my last final, I began to reflect on my entire undergraduate experience.  I couldn’t believe that this was my last final and that I woke up to take it at 7:30 in the morning!  I never even had a class that early.  All of the term papers, late night studying, group projects, and reading of textbooks and this one final was the last step towards graduation.  

Then I realized after May 15th, I had absolutely nothing to do.  No classes to go to or assignments to turn in.  Now I am back in the real world.  It made me think of John Mayer’s song, “No Such Thing.”

"Welcome to the real world," she said to me…. Condescendingly

Take a seat, Take your life, plot it out in black and white…” 

After four years of pushing myself through college, I now face the same problems as many other recent college graduates.  We have no jobs lined up, pending loan payments, and a very uncertain future.  I am excited and thrilled to be in this position. 

I decide to go back to school after working for my family business.  As hard as it was to leave a business that has been in my family for almost 70 years, it was much harder going back to school.  I had to be humble in order to acknowledge my strengths and weaknesses.  College has helped me develop my skill set and provided me with the necessary tools to start my own career path.

I am so grateful to Arizona State University.  I applied to ASU before I even stepped foot on campus.  What I expected was a college education and a degree.  What I got was so much more.  ASU has so many opportunities for all of its students in whatever interests they decide to pursue.  I feel that because I was a transfer student, I had less time than a freshman to be involved in the campus community.  Wanting to make the most of my 2 years at ASU, I quickly got involved in different campus organizations.  Some of the opportunities that I have be a part of are Kenrick/Neuberg Psychology Lab, Canon Leadership program, Sun Devil Inferno club board and ASU Senior Class Council.  These organizations have helped me develop, network, and stay involved with the community.     

“I'd like to think the best of me, is still hiding, up my sleeve…”

Unlike most students I have talked to, I feel like I have unfinished business here at ASU.  As I apply for jobs and schedule interviews, I plan on attending the W.P. Carey School of Business MBA program in the fall.  I will be forever thankful to Arizona State University for providing me with a fantastic college experience.

Christopher Lee '10
Senior Class Council Member