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I walked across the stage at my high school graduation with a GPA over 4.0. Two years later, I'd sit in my professor's office with a B+ on an essay and tell her: "I don't think I'm doing very well in your class." The next year, I'd sit in a psychologist's office, and he'd talk me through ideas of perfection and success.

I'm not sure if it's my age or my stage in life, but lately it feels like I'm hearing of more and more couples I know heading to Splitsville. And while divorce is seldom good news, I know most of these people fought really, really hard to keep it together. They just couldn't, and in the end felt it was the best thing to do for everyone—including their kids.

As a 25-year-old woman, I'm proud to admit that in addition to my real job, I'm also a Pokémon Trainer. I grew up surrounded by friends and family who loved Pokémon; by association I did, too. Growing up, I rebelled against being called "Ash" as a nickname, as Pokémon had forever made it a "boy name." Now here I am, playing Pokémon Go and proudly using the username "RealAsh91."

Graduating college is a big deal. The diploma you receive represents the hundreds of hours you spent in class; the thousands of hours you spent studying. More than that, this piece of paper represents all of the knowledge and experience you have acquired throughout your education. So, what do you have to show for it?

Millennials were born after 1980 and are the undisputed future of our world. These "kids" can get a bad rap—see what I did there? In reality, they are tech-savvy team players who know how to express themselves in various ways. As such, they are a welcome and important addition to any office.

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