The day I finally graduated from college, I couldn’t wait to leave the campus. I was over the pomp and circumstance (pun intended, btw) about five minutes in, and I really just wanted it to be over so I could start looking for a job with my shiny new degree. I have no idea who spoke at my graduation nor do I remember the overall theme. It was probably something like “you’re the future” or “you are the generation that will change the world”, I really don’t know.
I came across Shonda Rhimes’ commencement speech to her alma mater, Dartmouth College, for the graduating class of 2014.
It. Was. Awesome.
One of her quotes really stuck with me. It’s a simple concept, but so often we really do sit on our asses and do nothing expecting the world to hand us things. She says:
“You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day, so start writing. You don’t have a job? Get one. Any job. Don’t sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Who are you? Prince William? No. Get a job. Go to work. Do something until you can do something else.”
Please watch Queen Mother of Thursday Night, Writer Extraordinaire, Working Mom, all around kickass, Ms. Shonda Rhimes give this amazing speech.