I recently attended my little sister Denisse’s middle school graduation. There are nine years between us.  While I watched her cross the stage, it dawned on me how fast she has grown up while I was away from home attending IUPUI.


While in school, you get to visit home mostly for the holidays. As an IUPUI student, you quickly get involved with student organizations, holding positions, and working while in school. The time that you have to drive home to see your family quickly becomes limited. Even in the summer, you’re busy holding internships and attending conferences. Time passes by and you realize you haven’t been home in four months.


We get so caught up with the current of what’s going on in our lives in “the now” making sure we look our best, get top academics, accomplish milestones within the positions we hold in student organizations and our jobs, that sometimes our families unintentionally get the least amount of our time.


As our former First Lady, Barbara Bush, once said, “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”


So slow down and make sure to make time for family. Your close loved ones will be proud of your accomplishments, but they will also beam with joy at getting to spend time with you. I challenge all of you to spend quality time with a family member you don’t get to see enough.