Haleigh Marie’s Letter to Graduates
May 19, 2021 by Haleigh Marie

My letter to graduates.

At this point in time, you’ll be receiving a LOT of life advice. For me, I was always told by people that I “HAD” to go to college. “You can’t be successful without a degree.”

I was a little hesitant because I STRUGGLED in school. I wasn’t a straight A student…I can’t begin to tell you how many nights I spent crying at the kitchen table over my math homework. The ONLY thing that kept me motivated, was music. Choir, musicals, attending band concerts…it’s the only thing that got me through.

Once I *finally* graduated high school, I decided to attend college. I did this because I believed what everyone told me…“you can’t be successful without a degree.”

At this point in time, I was still strongly connected to music. I decided I would major in Communications so I could get a job at a radio station I grew up listening to and I could be constantly surrounded by music. I went to college for three semesters and was absolutely MISERABLE…so I dropped out and had no intention of ever going back.

I was working two jobs when I decided to apply for an internship at the station that I previously mentioned…which was two hours away. They hired me, and saw that I was extremely passionate about learning new things in that industry. I was able to receive some on the job training; within 6 months, I went from scrubbing toilets as an intern, to being the Morning Show Co-Host. (Which had been my dream job since I was a little girl.)

God gives us passions in life. For me, it was music. Maybe for you it’s art or reading, maybe even a certain sport…don’t let that spark die once you graduate. You see, these passions are where you feel closest to God. Whether it’s worshipping through music, or seeing Him on the field when you make that winning touchdown. I don’t know what it is for you…but in this day and age along with graduating and moving out, it can be difficult to stay close to God. So figure out what that “thing” is for you. If you feel connected as you create art, continue it. If you feel connecting during Bible studies, then stick to it. These passions will never die, just like how Christ’s love for us won’t ever die. So find that passion and continue it!

Oh, and congratulations! I’m so proud of how far you’ve come and can’t wait to see how God will use you in this next phase of life!

-Haleigh Marie