Marina Keegan was killed in a car accident days after writing an inspiring column for the campus paper

By Liz Raftery
May 30, 2012 11:00 AM
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With a world that seemed full of promise, graduating senior Marina Keegan wrote in her final column for the Yale Daily News that her fellow classmates should overcome any fears they might have, pursue their dreams and embrace the sense of community that had developed among them in their four years at college together.

As reported by Time, that essay – which was published in a special edition of the school paper distributed at commencement – has now gone viral, in large part because of the tragedy that ensued.

Keegan, 22, was killed in a car accident last weekend, days after graduating and immediately before she was to begin her new life in New York City and her dream job, working for The New Yorker magazine as an editorial assistant.

Keegan’s boyfriend, Michael Gocksch, lost control of his car and crashed into a guardrail when the two were driving on Cape Cod, Mass., Saturday. Gocksch was taken to a hospital and released, but Keegan died at the scene.

Writing in her essay, Keegan, an English major who was president of the Yale Young Democrats and helped to organize Occupy Wall Street protests across the campus, said: “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.”