Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
These lines, written by Marina Keegan just days before her graduation from Yale University, were a message to graduates of the class of 2012 expressing that college students’ best days are still ahead of them, even after they leave the confines of what are dubbed the best years of a persons young life.
Keegan died in a car crash just days after her graduation from college. Her words, however, are there to remind recent graduates that they have the chance she was not given.
Adelphi University’s 2012 commencement ceremony featured graduates with a total of 1,454 bachelor’s degrees, 1,314 master’s degrees, 46 doctoral degrees and 37 associate’s degrees. Hofstra also had a total of 1,500 graduates who earned their undergraduate degrees.
With so many different roads facing Nassau County’s most recent graduates, it is hard to know what the future holds for all of them. However, as Keegan said in her last article for the Yale Daily News, “We’re in this together 2012. Let’s make something happen to this world.”
Recent Adelphi graduate, Enikardie Metellus of Hempstead, received her bachelor’s degree in business management this past May. Like many students during commencement, Metellus was both anxious and excited to finally be getting her degree.
“I don’t have one defining moment in my college career,” says Metellus. “Just surviving these four years and getting the degree I’ve been working for is my biggest accomplishment.”
Currently, Metellus is working for the Performing Arts Center at Adelphi University and looking for a job in her field.
“I honestly don’t know where I’ll be career-wise in five years,” Metellus stated. “As long as I’m in a job of my field making money, I’ll be happy.”
While some graduates are not sure what their immediate futures may hold, some haven’t even completed their education. East Meadow resident and recent Adelphi graduate John Miller will be attending Harvard Law School in the fall.
“I most certainly did not always think I would choose the field of law and I even wrote my law school personal statement about that,” Miller said. “I used to think I would be a writer. This has only been a recent revelation, but I think it’s a good shift in focus.”
Miller is most proud of his work in the extracurricular activities he was involved in at college. He is particularly proud of helping the debate team rise as an organization at Adelphi since it had just begun in his freshmen year.
Like Metellus, Miller finds it hard to know exactly where he’ll be in a few years.
“It’s hard to see very far into the future, considering the turbulent economy and fickle job market, but hopefully I’ll be working in a firm,” Miller told Anton Newspapers. “Mostly though, I want to be happy in whatever I’m doing.”
Some students, despite the unpredictable job market, still have managed to find work straight out of graduation. Recent Hofstra graduate and Manhasset resident, Samantha Arpino, has a job lined up with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an audit associate in the financial sector for banking and capital markets, which she will be starting in the fall.
Arpino’s case illustrates the point that despite hard times, hard work and dedication can still lead to successful job placement after college.
“My greatest accomplishment in college was graduating with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, which was the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication,” says Arpino. “This allowed me the opportunity to intern and ultimately be offered a full-time position with my first choice of companies, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.”
While the immediate future for Arpino already looks bright, she still has hopes of an even higher level of education and job title in her field.
“In five years from now I see myself aspiring to become a manager in the audit department at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, while simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree in accounting,” says Arpino.
No matter what the future has in store for Adelphi’s and Hofstra’s most recent graduates, they should all be proud of what they have accomplished throughout their years at their respective universities. Now that final papers, exams and the ceremony itself are finally over, the new graduates are entering the next phase of their life.
“Walking up during commencement made graduation feel real,” Miller said. “When I finished classes and handed in my thesis, it didn’t sink in yet. Walking down the aisle in the cap and gown, and shaking hands with President Scott was the experience that brought my four years at Adelphi to a close. It was bittersweet, but it was a very memorable experience.”