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Marina Keegan’s Final Words Live On Past Her Death

marina-keegan-courtesy of The Keegan Family
marina-keegan-courtesy of The Keegan Family

A 22-year-old Yale graduate, Marina Keegan, who penned her life’s lessons in a final column for the Yale Daily News, died in a car crash days after her commencement. The Massachusetts resident died in a tragic car crash on her way to a vacation house on Cape Cod. Michael Gocksch was driving the car and survived while Marina was pronounced dead on the scene.

The young writer was already making a name for herself in the literary world. The New York Times published some of her work and she had a job waiting for her at the New York Daily News.

She had written her last column called “The Opposite Of Loneliness” News of her loss led the Yale newspaper to put Keegan’s final essay on the Web.

According to Claudia Zapp at the Upshot, Keegan’s advice was wise beyond her years. She wrote,

“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.”

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