A College Grad 87 Comments

journey taken.


They say a bunch of things. When a journey finally reaches a destination you graduate; apparently! Then what, ‘Quarter-Life Crises!‘ I went through it, and I am in consensus with Mr Ashe:

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

With that I would like to congratulate my little sister Tsilat on a journey started; an endless one.

Love the sis! The most dynamic person I know!

Even with the best global positioning systems and satellites we can never monitor/direct our journey; an advice from a man you recently finished his quarter-life crises on his way to his mid-life one!

87 Responses to “A College Grad”

  1. 1 .mike

    Hats off for the Grad! Congrats, Nolawi’s little sister :)


  2. 2 Dinich

    You guys look beautiful. Congrats to the grad.

    You are hereby invited to join the press. We have a lot of questions for you about Nolawi.

  3. 3 yabsra

    Even with the best global positioning systems and satellites we can never monitor/direct our journey;

    wow, you are so poetic and inspiring sometimes, really you are such an interesting person. I have had a blast the last couple of weeks reading bernos.

    I just hope you will keep on keeping on for years to come. A journey that never end.

    Congrats little sister!

  4. 4 Bed_ford

    Congratulation to the graduate; whish you the best; I see the resemblance on the nose area.

  5. 5 celebratelife

    Congratulations Tsilat! Nice photo! Big bro supporting lil sis.

    You are hereby invited to join the press. We have a lot of questions for you about Nolawi.

    Boy do we have questions…..

  6. 6 Mikiella

    You did it Duni. We’re proud of you. The road ahead of you is open, just accelerate you’ll get there. Your boy from Bole Miki.

  7. 7 Rahwina

    Tsilat…Congratulation! May the real world be as interesting as you think it is and may you find the journey worthwhile…but that Quarter-life-crisis…he’s really not joking…;)

  8. 8 Mamit

    Congratulation to the class of 2007. Nolawi, I can just imagine how happy you are because my big brother graduated yesterday; and I am so happy and proud of him.
    Remember all, you will never fail till you stop trying so keep on living live.

    Be Blessed! Mamit

  9. 9 Nolawi

    Hey mamit,

    that is a nice statement

    Remember all, you will never fail till you stop trying so keep on living live.

    just curious how old you are?

  10. 10 Mamit


    I am 26 and my big brother is 28. I already have my BA and anticipating my graduation in MHSA–Masters in Health Services Administration in October.
    What makes my brothers graduation unique is that he held off his education to help the family once we arrived to the states. Best of all, he just got married last month and we had a blast in Ethiopia…the best vacation ever, and it was nice to be home after a decade and it also made living in the states seem loneliness once I got to see the joy of all family members.
    He is blessed…a marriage in Ethiopia and graduation in the states….what more could one ask for. I am very proud to call myself his little sister while being a brides maid to his wife….fun stuff isn’t it. Hats off to the wife too….she made him the man he is today.
    All you guys out there, if you find yourself a nice girl…..hold on to her, cause believe me she will change your life for the best. If you lose her though, mostly you tend to let her go…….ah! Shame shame,……..you’ll cry inside, and believe me after that no other women could compare to her. Take note Nolawi…may be your next post will be on this topic…..:)

    Best wishes to all! Mamit

  11. 11 cece

    Tsilateye, Congratulations…..I’m so proud of you !
    We all had a blast in Colorado….

  12. 12 Dinich


    We definitely need you in the press. You can be the motivational speaker of the house. No interview, no reference required.

  13. 13 beshou

    congrats tsilat!!!
    enkuan des aleh nolawi :)

  14. 14 DawitK

    Hey Duni!!

    I know it’s been a long and bumpy ride at times but at the end you did it.

    Again, congratulation on your achievement and best wishes for continued success…

  15. 15 cece

    Bed_ford U cracked me up ? Do they look alike on the nose area ? That was so funny…….Ere Duni is a lot cuter than Nolawi hehehehe :)

  16. 16 Kebebush

    Congratulations Nolawi’s little sis……..I think you nick name at home is Duni (cute).

    I am sure Nolawi is a great role model and mentor.

    My younger brother graduated few weeks ago from college, and all I thought about during the graduation ceremony is our childhood fights. We used to argue and fight all the time. It was great to see him all grown up, done with college, and on his way to quarter life crisis.

    Congratulations to your family and friends who were by your side during this long journey!

  17. 17 Mamit

    Thank you for the invite Dinich…I am getting a free ride huh. I will visit the press. Mamit

  18. 18 ANON

    Please stop using these nicknames (dinich, beshou); they make so homesick they are killing me.

  19. 19 Ethio Jazz

    Tsilat Congratulations! We at Bernos are very proud of your achievements. You need to start posting on the blog about your experiences in Senegal.

    Nolawi,ere tinesh gefafat to add a little color to the blog.

    I also second or third…the invitations to the new graduate and Mamit to join the press.

  20. 20 Yemi

    Congratulations Nolawi’s little sis. I remember reading this “speech” back 10 years ago and being inspired so I dug it up for you.

    I apologize for the long post Bernosoch. I hope you all read it, laugh and be a little bit inspired to simply live.

    “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:

    Wear sunscreen.

    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

    Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

    Do one thing every day that scares you.


    Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


    Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

    Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

    Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


    Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

    Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

    Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

    Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

    Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

    Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

    Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

    Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

    Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

    Respect your elders.

    Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

    Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

    Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

    But trust me on the sunscreen.”


  21. 21 dove

    cogradulations…… mi is graduating tomorrow too, sooo huriiiiiiiii.:) :) :)

  22. 22 dove

    ooops i meant congratulation……

  23. 23 Lovejones

    Tttttt—silat….congratulations darling. Sorry I couldn’t make it to enjoy with you, will call you soon. Way to go sista….

  24. 24 Mengedegna

    Congratulations Tsilat, and all the other graduates!!

  25. 25 feleQleQ

    Congratulations Tsilat.

    Yemi, Thanks for sharing that speech. That’s useful for everyday motivation.

  26. 26 bgFelasfit

    congrats congrats! get excited for the real world tsilat!

    yemi thanks for the speech- was funny, down to earth…and so much better than the one I heard recently :P !

  27. 27 zelabaju


    A quarter of life crisis?
    You think you will live to be a centenary?

  28. 28 Rahwina

    Zelabaj…megnot aykelekel…;)

  29. 29 Wudnesh

    Congra Tsilat! We have heard a lot about you…now, let’s hear from you.

  30. 30 Nolawi

    [quote comment="44954"]Nolawi,

    A quarter of life crisis?
    You think you will live to be a centenary?[/quote]

    a quarter of how every I live can be a quarter life crises… not just a 100…

    on the other hand with the expected medical advancements of the future… there is no reason I shouldn’t live to be a 100

  31. 31 Rahwina

    Nol…Q is would you want to live till 100?

  32. 32 Abebe

    Congratulations Duni and Nolawi!!

  33. 33 Tsilat

    Thank You very much Noly and every one….Sorry it to me some time to reply but I need to recover from finals.

    I would be very glad to give anybody who is interested all the dirt on Nolawi.

    Yemi….Very nice speech, definitely beats the one on my graduation. It sounds very much like the one Maria Shriver gave around the same time. She even turned it to a book: “Ten Things I wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World” – it was very inspiring

    Anyways Thank You again

  34. 34 Wudnesh

    Tsilat….beya, we are waiting eko (for the dirt on Nol)

  35. 35 guru ke rumah

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious familiarity about unpredicted

  36. 36 Annie

    Right on my man!

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