Everyone tells you how hard it is to raise kids, and they’re right, but they can’t begin to truly explain what it feels like to work so hard at something that fills you with such a deep sense of purpose and such a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. On the other hand, hardly anyone tells you what a joy it is to raise children, but those who do can’t begin to describe the depths of gratitude it creates, how overwhelmingly impressed you will be with the type of person your child has become, how overcome with pride you will be time after time after time, and what a humbling honor it is to stand next to and to stand up for your child.
The way you have distinguished yourself in college is the way you have distinguished yourself in so many other things you have done. It has always been an extraordinary privilege for me to be part of your life and your journey, and now, just as in so many other times, I am so proud to be your dad. Not only are you smart and insightful, an incredibly hard worker, and supremely conscientious; you are one of the most likable people on the planet. Congratulations on your outstanding feats of accomplishment in college. I’ve got the daughter every parent dreams they would have when they start out as parents.