The moment that I have been waiting on for nearly two years has finally come! I have successfully graduated from my Masters in Library and Information Science program, and I am officially a librarian!

Although, I will have to say that this moment feels kind of anti-climatic (not unlike the recent Game of Thrones series finale). Probably because I chose to not attend the MLIS hooding ceremony or the University’s big graduation ceremony. I would have had to drive almost three hours to get to the school, attend the graduation (and who knows how long that would take), and then drive almost three hours back home. There were so many things to coordinate like time off of work for me and my family, etc. It just seemed like too much to deal with and in all honesty I just wanted to be done and over with it. I know that probably seems like a bad thing but after this last semester I was just tired. But I’ve been thinking about graduation and if the scenario for me to speak was presented, what exactly would I say? So here goes my would-be graduation speech. Enjoy!

 

I was raised within the pages of books. My parents were strong supporters of education, which should come as no surprise. I fell in love with reading from a young age and quickly consumed all of the books that I could get my hands on. Luckily, there was always a library nearby. Whether it was the school library or the public library downtown, I would visit as often as I could and collect new adventures from the shelves. I traveled West with Laura, sailed the seas with Jackie, and went on epic adventures with Alanna. Harry taught me about magic, Ron showed me what it was like to be a true friend, and Hermione taught me it was perfectly fine to be the ‘smart girl’.  They all taught me that it was okay to be a headstrong girl, to fight for what you believed in, and to never give up even when the odds are stacked against you. As I got older that love of reading never went away. Mattie Gokey inspired me to follow my dreams. Rose showed me that there are stories where the girl rescues the prince. Eragon opened my eyes to a whole new realm of fantasy, especially those that included dragons. Aelin taught me to not be afraid and Feyre reminded me to dream every now and then. And Alina showed me that sometimes you just have to shine your brightest, even if it means leaving behind all that you ever knew.

There are so many books that influenced my life but I don’t think I have enough time to list them all. What it all comes down to is this: books had always been an important part of my life and that I always wanted to be around books in some way. But I wasn’t exactly sure how I would go about doing that. At first I was content just buying a new book every so often. Then I started working at the local library. Finally, I was able to see what things were like on the other side of the desk and just like that I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

A librarian, a keeper of stories.

After not knowing what I really wanted to do for my career, I’d finally found my little corner of the world where I belonged. So off I went, back to school, to get my Master’s degree. Now this is what we would like to call a grand adventure, something similar to Bilbo when he followed after the dwarves and Gandalf. There were late nights, stress induced tears, and many many discussion board posts. Perhaps there was even a misadventure with a few dragons or orges. There was time with family and friends that I had to sacrifice but thankfully they all understood. I’m not sure what I would have done without all of their support.  

So, to my family and friends – Thank you for always being there for me. For loving me and supporting me through the good and the bad. For understanding why I was always so busy and sometimes grumpy. For entertaining me when I start to ramble about a book series or a book festival. A special thank you to my mama, who would always buy me books whenever I asked. Because of you I went on countless adventures and filled up the shelves of my personal library. To my dad, who is always asking what I’m going to accomplish next. I’m not sure when I’ll become Dr. Krob but maybe one of these days I’ll get around to it. To my sister, thank you for all the late advice and talks. You help to keep me humble and grounded.

I don’t know what I would do without you all of you.

With lots of love and appreciation,