Latin definitions necessary to understand parts of this post:
- cum laude, meaning "with honor"—usually pronounced // or //.
- magna cum laude, meaning "with great honor"
- summa cum laude, meaning "with highest honor"
Lafawnda graduated from college yesterday! Yeah! If I start listing the honors she accrued, it would be a bit unseemly, but let me tell you that we are exceedingly proud.
I leave this drop of wisdom, though: she graduated magna cum laude which is a high honor. Her response was pleasure at that and the followup wisdom that she was delighted the she "only graduated magna!" What? She contends with bipolar disorder and is most definitely making bipolar deal with her rather than the other way around. It has forged her in a different furnace than the other students. Had she remained at the stage whe found herself when she entered college, she rightfully noted that she would have graduated summa cum laude, for she would have been unable to accept less. And the price would have been terrible.
My daughter has learned that achievement comes in many colors. She has learned to still achieve in her chosen path of study and career and simultaneously achieve balance. That maturation and her happy marriage bring me more delight than any awards possibly could.
THAT is why college is a life lab. The challenges are presented in packages designed by others, but they are worthy challenges nonetheless. Now, she is ready to leave the lab and deal with life as she finds it, seldom prepackaged and unknown in its path. She (and we) think with no hesitation that she is ready!