Marina was a writer for the Yale Daily News, the university’s newspaper, and for her final column, she published an essay that encouraged her fellow Yale class of 2012 graduates to leave their fears behind them, never give up when it comes to follow their dreams and to stick together like they have in their last four years of college. In the essay, Marina wrote, “We’re so young. We’re 22 years old. We have so much time. … What we have to remember is that we can still do anything.”
The essay was published in a special edition of the Yale Daily News, which was given out at her class’ graduation. After she died on Saturday, Yale Daily News Editor Max de La Bruyere published the piece online, and since then, it’s received over 400,000 hits.
Marina’s mom Tracy Keegan is touched by the Internet’s support for her daughter and her family. She told Huffington Post, “I would love my daughter’s words, few as they may be, to be shared… That’s all that’s left of her now, her words.”
Marina was getting ready to move to New York City for her dream job as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker magazine. Before she graduated, she was president of the Yale Young Democrats and had organized Occupy Wall Street protests at school. Her family, friends and classmates will remember her as a bright young girl who never gave up.
Have you heard about Marina’s story? Has it inspired you?