Mindy Kaling, 38, was asked to give the Commencement Speech for the graduating class of 2018 for her Alma Mater Dartmouth. The actress addressed the 2018 graduates in a 17-minute speech and gave some words of wisdom about life; one of which is simple-buy a toilet plunger. She went on to talk about being a single mom and how sometimes things don’t go as planned and that’s ok.
Kaling who graduated from the Ivy League school in 2001 welcomed her daughter, Katherine Kaling on December 15th. The new mom honored her late mother Dr. Swati Roysircar by choosing Swati as her little girl’s middle name. The Mindy Project actress has yet to reveal the father of her child.
“After my daughter was born in December, I remember bringing her home and being in my house with her for the first time and thinking, ‘Huh. According to movies and TV, this is traditionally the time when my mother and spouse are supposed to be here, sharing this experience with me,’” Kaling told the crowd. “And I looked around, and I had neither. And for a moment, it was kind of scary. Like, ‘Can I do this by myself?’”
“That feeling went away, because the reality is, I’m not doing it by myself. I’m surrounded by family and friends who love and support me. And the joy I feel from being with my daughter Katherine eclipses anything from any crazy checklist,” she added.
Kaling encourages graduates to not “be scared” if they “don’t do things in the right order” and life takes you down different roads than what you may have planned for.
“I didn’t think I’d have a child before I got married, but hey, it turned out that way, and I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d have dessert before breakfast today, but hey, it turned out that way and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
“Before I get any further, I should actually probably clarify who I am for the parents and grandparents in the audience who are thinking to themselves, 'Who is this loud Indian woman? Is that the girl from Quantico? She looks so much worse in person.' No, no, I’m not Priyanka Chopra, not even Padma Lakshmi. I’m the other Indian woman we have allowed to be on television, Mindy Kaling.” — Watch @mindykaling's hilarious @dartmouthcollege commencement address in its entirety on our Facebook page. Link in bio.
In Mindy’s last words of wisdom for the graduating class, she admitted, “I was not someone who should have the life I have now, and yet I do,” she revealed. “I was sitting in the chair you are literally sitting in right now and I Just whispered, ‘Why not me?’ and I kept whispering it for 17 years; and here I am, someone that this school deemed worthy enough to speak to you at your Commencement.”
“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, but especially not yourself. Go conquer the world. Just remember this: Why not you? You’ve made it this far.”