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Wayland To Remember Yale Grad

Marina Keegan, of Wayland, Mass., on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Keegan Family)

Marina Keegan, of Wayland, Mass., on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Keegan Family)

BOSTON — Saturday afternoon in Wayland, family and friends of Marina Keegan will gather for her funeral.

The 22-year-old recent graduate of Yale University died last Saturday in a car accident on Route 6 on Cape Cod.

Five days earlier, she had been on top of the world — an Ivy League degree in hand, magna cum laude. Keegan was a gifted writer, actress and campus activist, and she had been preparing to move to New York City for a job at the New Yorker magazine.

Her final writing assignment was an essay for her Yale classmates that was published in the graduation issue of the Yale Daily News.

Excerpt From Marina Keegan’s “The Opposite Of Loneliness”

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats.

Yale is full of tiny circles we pull around ourselves. A cappella groups, sports teams, houses, societies, clubs. These tiny groups that make us feel loved and safe and part of something even on our loneliest nights when we stumble home to our computers — partner-less, tired, awake. We won’t have those next year. We won’t live on the same block as all our friends. We won’t have a bunch of group-texts.

This scares me. More than finding the right job or city or spouse – I’m scared of losing this web we’re in. This elusive, indefinable, opposite of loneliness. This feeling I feel right now.

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  • Roy Mac

    Wow.  My heart goes out to her parents, and it’s never easy to even contemplate the death of a child.  But…this air of self-importance and entitlement is breath-taking–is this what they learn at Yale?  Or do students need to demonstrate this arrogance to just get in?

    • Starlight

       I don’t know what you are talking about!  I do not discern an air of self-importance or of entitlement and certainly not arrogance.  I see only a young girl who is going to miss her classmates and the community to which she belonged for 4 years.

    • Lfriedberg

      Clearly, you misread the essay.

    • Billingsgatebound

      They only take the smart arrogant ones - 

    • ChrisV

      Marina was a special girl who worked hard to achieve her accomplishments. Her words are from a 22 year old’s standpoint, getting ready to graduate college. This was her world, yet she encouraged and inspired her peers and others to reach for the stars and achieve in their own way. It’s too bad you are focusing on the details of her surroundings and are failing to see the main point… seize the moment and the day! And put aside your limitations and judgements…. there’s a bigger world out there and you don’t know where it can lead until you try. Marina is a shining example of what is possible and the world is dimmer without her in it. My prayers and love go out to her family and friends.  peace

  • Laura Morgan

    she describes life at college….and yes you need to be good to get there…love her essay and her words

  • MysticMan

    Driving east on route 2 between errands near Belmont, I heard Marina’s words read by another and was blown away by her sensitivity and how insightful she was about where she and her friends were/are in their lives.  When the announcer came back on and confirmed she had died days earlier, I could not control my emotions and had to pull off the road.  My heart breaks for the loss of this young woman who had so much life to still live and so many contributions left to make, and for the family and friends she has left behind.  

  • Larhette

    almost unfathomable loss for her family and friends…A memorial to her is to somehow live a better life in some way that you can do.

  • Novofemina

    How profoundly sad to lose such a voice; particularly one that rang across our beloved Cape Cod Bay.  

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