Monday, April 28, 2014


There's a certain point on University Parkway in Provo that inclines just enough that you can see the entirety of the city in one incredible view. It only last for a couple seconds, but in that minuscule span of time you can see everything from spire of the Provo temple to BYU's Kimball Tower. You can see everything from Y mountain, even down to the giant windmills of Spanish Fork canyon. On my drive home the other night, as I passed that familiar point for the 10,000th time, I realized that among the landmarks that make this city what it is are the landmarks that make me who I am. In the past 5 years, I've grown into this city, but even more so, this city and all the little bits that are encompassed by it have grown into me.

It was here that I gained an education, both inside the classroom, and out. It was here that I met some of the greatest people on this good earth and was given the privilege of calling them my best friends. It was here that I discovered and rediscovered my passions and strengths and the difference I could make in other people's lives through my talents. It was here that I had trials of faith, felt the crippling defeat of self-doubt, the sting of heartbreak, and the triumph of learning to love myself. It was here that I gained a real and true testimony of God as I have repeatedly seen His hand work miracles in my life and those around me. In my 5 years here, I have cried, I have laughed, I have loved, and I have lost. But more than anything, I have learned.

For all these things, I am grateful. I am grateful for my education, which I understand is a privilege not afforded to many. I am grateful for the experiences it has brought me, both good and bad, that have shaped me into the person I've become. Most of all, I am grateful for the sacrifices of others that allowed me the wonderful opportunity to attend Brigham Young University. As I pass this landmark in my life, I am absolutely terrified and exhilarated as I face an uncertain future. My schooling may be done, but my education doesn't end here. I'll always be a student at heart.



  1. #firstcomment

    I love this. and you. lets go explore the mountains now?

  2. beautifully said, Lauren! you are amazing.

  3. Congrats, Lauren! I'm sure exciting things are coming for you!

  4. this is pretty. what did you study?

  5. Congratulations!! Exciting things are ahead and I wish you the best of luck!

  6. Wahoooo! You go girl! Welcome to the land of graduate life - It's almost been 2 years for me and I still am trying to figure it out...

  7. Girl! You're done. I'm here for when the terrifying anxiety of post-grad life sets in. (the good news: you get over it eventually.) Congratulations cutiepie!

  8. This post is so beautifully written, I felt myself tearing up as I read it and missing Provo so much! Congrats on your graduation, it's truly an amazing accomplishment!


  9. Amazing. I hope you get the very best out of life, you deserve it

  10. you are beautiful. CONGRATULATIONS.

  11. Congratulations! My husband's graduation is tomorrow and I cannot explain how exciting this all feels!

    The Salty Mess Blog

  12. Congratulations! Mine is coming up too! It is that time!



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