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(Editor's note: This article first appeared in 2012. A series of essays and stories written by Marina Keegan titled "The Opposite of Loneliness" was published this week. This reprint is in her honor.)


Last Words of Marina Keegan

April 12, 2014

One is moved by the account of a promising 22 year-old recent Yale University graduate who was killed in a car crash over the weekend on Cape Cod.

Marina Keegan was a writer for the Yale Daily News. She graduated last week, and was a passenger in a one-car crash. The car was driven by her boyfriend, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Yale Daily News, Keegan was a "prolific writer, actress, and activist." She graduated magna cum laude and landed a job at The New Yorker as an editorial assistant. She was to start next week.

Her last article for the Yale Daily News was an editorial, titled, "The Opposite of Loneliness." It was published following her death. She wrote about her future hopes, and those of others.

It was a mature and insightful column.

In part, it said:

"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."

Many writers spend their entire career trying to say something meaningful, profound, and lasting.

At age 22, Marina Keegan did.