The Important Part

400358_784642318579_870570564_nRelationships.

The most important part of high school, I was told by a past teacher, was relationships.

The relationships you make, the relationships you keep, the relationships you lose.

That’s the most important part.

Why then, does it get lost?

Tests, tardy bells, projects.

Sometimes, the importance of relationships gets lost.

And it doesn’t stop in high school or anywhere else.

We think about our accomplishments, our personal growth, or grade point averages, getting through the day. What we sometimes forget, is all of the people we have met along the way—all of the people we meet each day.

What they have taught us, what they have brought to our lives in different ways.

As I get ready to graduate from the University of Nevada this Saturday, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences here.

I have thought about what I have learned, what organizations I have joined, what I have accomplished in my career and for my future.

But then I thought about something else.

It’s not only about me and what I have done, because it’s about more than that.

It’s about people.

The greatest thing I have gained during my time (5 years) here, are friends.

I’ve made friends, lost friends, kept incredible friends.

The people that I have met along the way have shaped me into who I am. Whether it was for better or worse, I can honestly say that the people I have left standing by me are some of the best people I have ever met.

Each conversation counts, each friendship counts, each mentor counts.

The people I have met at the University of Nevada are indescribable, and I hope they know that.

Relationships.

That’s the important part.

That’s always been the important part.