"We Started A Journey," A Graduation Poem from 2022 Grad Jamie Thrasher
This year, we're inviting everyone to join us in celebrating Clemente graduates across the globe. Below, learn about Springfield graduate Jamie Thrasher in her own words, and read the graduation poem she wrote to share with her classmates!
My name is Jamie Lee Thrasher and I am a Clemente graduate of 2022. I am a mom of 5, grandmother to one and 31 years old. I joined Clemente at a local community event run by my mother in law and had the pleasure of meeting Brenda Hill. She introduced me to the program and followed up with me for weeks talking me through all of my concerns and helping me decide if this was the right choice for me.
I am so inexplicably happy that she did. This program came into my life at a time that I had no idea where I was heading or what I wanted as a career. Also due to Covid as a combination social butterfly/introvert I was feeling alone and under-stimulated. But having my classmates meet me in my room every Monday and Wednesday subdued the loneliness. Especially as we began to share our stories and our everyday issues.
By the end of my courses I made so many new friends and connections I never thought would be possible and my future goals are now a little more clear. Even now after graduation, the opportunities are still presenting themselves to me.
I came in not knowing where I was going and I am on my way out knowing I am a writer, I am creative, and I can make a difference in my community.
Through my classmates' support, I have started a manuscript that I hope one day will be a book I can be proud of and share with so many others. I can never thank the Clemente Program enough for the impact they have had on me and my future.
We Started a Journey
By Jamie Thrasher
We started a journey
Unknowing the outcome
Looking for more education
But we found so much more
Together we found a family
We found a truly deep bond
With each class discussion
We began to not only see ourselves
We saw each other
Whether the topic was heated or happy
Every answer was celebrated or acknowledged
Our difference in age had no effect
A hardship was shared amongst us
And the support was endless
Our bond was built in a tumble of various classes
In creative writing
We learned not only how to write
But how to write with passion and power
And we really got to see everyone
As a writer, a student, and a person
We learned where our morals stand
We learned to question our view points
And each other
And we grew together as a group
We learned our true history
It opened so many doors and questions
And again together we learned and grew
In Literature Class
We learned we all have dysfunctional families
Within each story we saw all sides
Of the stories and of each other
In Art History
We learned there's always more to see
There’s always a rhyme and reason
And sometimes deep dives are called for
Because here your interpretation matters!
What a road we have traveled
Which ended not at a destination
But to more open road
Where we hopefully find
Our passions and explore them more
Where we hopefully find
our next destination
That brings us closer to who we want to be
But I hope theses roads intersect
And we find our way back to each other
This isn’t just a graduating class
This is the Clemente Family of 2022
And I am proud of each and every one of us