Courtney Griffin was one of 550 graduates who participated in two commencement ceremonies Thursday at Brookdale Community College, Middletown. She plans to transfer to Georgian Court University, Lakewood, to study medical imaging. She shares her college experience and finding her passion, thoughts she delivered to her fellow graduates in a speech Thursday:
Individuals are bound to discover their own stepping-stone, the beginning of their journey to personal success. My stepping-stone was right here at Brookdale Community College. After graduating from Wall High School, I was your average first-year college student who was unsure what to pursue. I took general courses hoping to discover my true passion. Once starting classes at Brookdale, I noticed how each professor was extremely attentive to all their students’ needs. Administrators, faculty and staff always had a smile on their face revealing their love for student interaction while watching each achieve their goals. Being in this warm environment made me want to interact more within the Brookdale student life.
This year, I was elected president of the Alpha Pi Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges. Becoming president taught me some of the most valuable lessons in proper delegation, teamwork, and making right decisions when solving problems. Persistence and devotion were key in keeping a strong composure.
By the end of the year, I was named best club president of student life while the chapter was named best club of the year at the Gold Star Award Ceremony.
In the end, though, it’s not about the awards. It’s not about having the highest GPA or competing to be the best out of the best. It’s about the individual you are and grow to be and the morals and values you learn through the process of reaching your goals and gaining your own personal satisfaction. It’s about the people you meet and the relationships you create during those times of triumph and distress. It’s about realizing who stood by your side and gave you that push to keep moving forward. It’s about exceeding your limits and taking chances to explore new heights while having a positive attitude and sharing it with the others around you.
Having Brookdale as my stepping-stone has taught me all of those points. My experiences here will be unforgettable. The friendships I have made will never be lost and the lessons I have learned will guide me through the rest of my life journey. Although it will be tough to say goodbye, I cannot be more grateful to say I got my start here at Brookdale Community College. Congrats to all the graduates of 2013