This upcoming week is my last week at UCLA…it is so eerie just to type that out. Just three years ago, I was just about to graduate high school and discover college land. I was so scared. Three years later, I am in the same position. I am about to graduate college and moving on to a big boy job- become a teacher. I am set to work for Teach for America as a corps member and teacher in California. I am excited and scared at the same time.

I want to take this LAST post as an opportunity to express my thanks to all the readers and every one who has had an impact in my life while at UCLA. Because of all of you, I am a better person today. As I graduate, I want to move on, create even better memories, and live happily. I know that sounds so broad but I am in the move to do just that.

For those of us graduating, I am so proud of us!!! Really, I am! Couldn’t be more excited for the next phase of our lives! Those whom I have met while attending UCLA have been a true blessing in my life. I am the Manny I am today because of all of you guys. Attending UCLA made my life a happier one. I run my life through the word “fabulous.” Anytime anyone makes a reference using fabulous and my name is just precious. I take it to heart. Fabulous to me is so empowering and endearing in everything I do, and in return, what I hope people see out of me.

This year has brought a lot of changes, both good and bad, in my life and a lot of my friend’s lives. But I am so proud to say we are all still here, fighting our causes and ending our school year on a high note. Our faith has brought us together and made us so much stronger. It brings me so much happiness to know that despite everything that has happened in our lives we are still standing and not letting our circumstances get the best of us.

I try to live every day to its fullest, without regrets. My goal is to be a happy person and make myself and others around me smile. How do I do that you may ask? Or how do I imagine I am capable of that? Well, its quite simple. Life is hard in itself easily. But it is goal of mine to overcome those obstacles and be a winner out of everything and anything I do. That is why, my ultimate goal is to laugh and make others laugh, which bring smiles from both sides :^D. Why should we let our downfalls get the best out of who we are today? It should be our goal to be happy and live life to the fullest EVERY DAY. As we graduate, it is important that we take that with ourselves in our lives after UCLA. We all go through different things in different times. It is what we make out of our unforeseen circumstances that make us who we are. Our hardest battles make us so much stronger than does that do not challenge us to think or act.

Therefore, we should make the best out of every challenge we may find. Smile on, I dare you. Try it at least once, I ask of you. Some say smiles are contagious. Well, I also say they are addictive. Do it once, and you’ll do it again and again. Psh, it’s hard to be fabulous! But what is life without a challenge? What is life without a little bit of a struggle? Once the dust settles, comes sunshine, :). You’ll see, trust me. There is a beginning to every end. That is the absolute beauty of it! It is up to US to bring about that marvelous change and beginning out of every opportunity we get. I leave you guys on this note in my last blog post.

Life is beautiful, do not ever forget that. It is filled with beautiful and marvelous people who make it that much more fabulous. Lets be grateful for what we have and not for what we do not have. Lets think positive and make possibilities happen. With this, I leave you all! Actually, I let you begin your new opportunity to smile…:)

Until next time, be fabulous! xoxo

Manny 🙂

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  1. I can picture you giving this speech at Drake Stadium or wherever they do the Commencement nowadays. It’s hard to believe it’s been 24 years since I donned the cap and gown like you will. Congratulations to you, Manny, and to all who are graduating. Go Bruins!

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