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Yale Graduate Writes Beautiful Essay On Life, Then Dies in Tragic Accident

Yale student Marina Keegan wrote a beautiful piece on life for her graduation last week — and then died in a car crash over the weekend, reminding us all just how fragile life can be.

The 22-year-old’s essay in the Yale Daily News is well-worth reading in full, but here’s an excerpt:

We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement…

What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.

ABC News reports on the sad details of her death:

Keegan, an English major with a writing concentration, died May 26 when she and her boyfriend, Michael Gocksch, were en route  to Cape Cod. He lost control of the Lexus, hit  a guardrail, spun across the road to hit the opposite guardrail, then rolled  over twice. Gocksch was uninjured, but Keegan died at the scene.

More details about Keegan and her talents from TIME:

The promising young English major had been the president of the Yale Young Democrats and an active part of her college’s branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A promising writer, she had already penned articles for NPR and The New York Times and blogged for The New Yorker, where she was set to start work as an assistant to the general counsel in June.

Keegan’s piece, which is now making its rounds around the web, ends: “We’re in this together, 2012. Let’s make something happen to this world.”

Again, here’s the full essay.


  1. Liz

    Now her Glorious Spirit is celebrating on the other side! God Bless her parents in this time of great difficulty!

  2. Jrandom42

    People do things and then they die from various causes. That’s life and that’s death. Nobody has managed to change that yet. Might as well accept that this is the way it is and make the most of the time you have. Nothing else will matter.

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