I’m having the hardest time deciding what quote to put on my graduation cap. It’s the only part of the regalia I get to keep, the tassel and the mortarboard, so I figured why not personalize it a little? The Commodore has a LOTR quote (in Elvish because she is awesome) and the White Tree of Gondor, and the Southern Belle decorated hers in a nod to her future grad school. I’ve seen Disney themes, puns on student debt, gaming metaphors, etc.
I looked up C.S. Lewis quotes and found “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” But that kind of sounds like college sucked and I’m happy to be leaving, and that’s not my attitude.
Then there’s an Augustus Waters quote from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars: “You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!” But that’s kind of long.
Or there’s Disney, something from Beauty and the Beast, but “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere” doesn’t quite seem to fit when I’m staying in my college town for the immediate future.
I considered a lyric from Hamilton, something like “I am indomitable, I am an original” or “Write day and night like you need it to survive.” Those are still kind of obscure, though, as popular as the musical is.
Maybe a Bible verse? “God is within her; she will not fail”? Something literary, from Harry Potter or Arabian Nights?
I have so many options my friends have joked that I should just put a notebook on my cap that includes all the quotes, with the tassel for a bookmark. I feel like I’ll know the right quote when I hear/read it – but I only have 8 more days to find it!