Hi blog world!
Where to begin?! These past two weeks have been such a blur! I could not have asked for a better Senior Week or graduation ceremony, and now I can finally say, I’M DONE!
The festivities during Senior Week were amazing. They included:
- A hilarious excursion to ComedySportz. My friend got on stage! Here’s Bobby and me.
- Senior formal at the Aragon Ballroom. It was so beautiful!
I had such a blast with my friends and with Bobby. It was strange being done with school and having no obligations, but I wasn’t about to complain! I also did a lot of packing. It was crazy busy!
The weekend following Senior Week brought graduation. Friday’s all-school ceremony was a funny story. It absolutely POURED all morning long, but at 11:30 am, we received word that the ceremony was still to be held outside. They said there was a “window of opportunity” and that, combined with a slightly abbreviated ceremony (shorter speeches, etc.), we would be fine. It all seemed alright when we first arrived. It was even sunny outside – hence the squinting!
But as time went on, we soon realized that it was just the calm before the storm. When our commencement speaker, Wynton Marsalis, began his speech (he condensed it from 6 to 2 pages!), the thunder started rolling in. At least we were still able to hear some great music at the end of his talk!
Our school president rushed to have all of the deans of every school stand up and recognized the graduates all at once, instead of one school at a time. It felt a little rushed, but we were all just happy to be out of there! Immediately after we started exiting the stadium (which has metal bleachers, by the way!), the storm hit. My family and I quickly raced to the car. There was no escaping the fact that we all got soaked, even with a poncho on! But I was quite elated to be a college graduate
Saturday was my Medill School of Journalism convocation. Without meaning to sound as though I’m boasting about myself, I was very excited to find out that I was one of 5 students to graduate summa cum laude! It made it hit home that all of the hard work I did these past four years really did pay off. I was given a cord and pin to wear, and they wrote it on my diploma Here’s a picture of me and my family!
And here I am with Bobby and my brother after the ceremony! As it turns out, Saturday was about 90 degrees and sunny with what felt like 90% humidity. I got very, very hot waiting outside in my cap and gown! So I’m not exactly looking sweat-free 😉 But still very happy!
I couldn’t have asked for a better end to the year. But I already miss my friends! It is so strange that this part of my life is coming to a close. I just posted an album on Facebook and realized it was my last-ever college album! But of course, I’m looking forward to the future. Bobby and I moved into our apartment in downtown Chicago on Sunday. We worked for a few days and everything is now mostly unpacked!
I say mostly unpacked because yesterday, I flew back with my family to Arizona for a little break before the “next stage” of life begins I will be here for about 10 days before my trip to Maui with my mom! I’m looking forward to getting caught up on life: emails, blog, and everything in between. Thanks for bearing with me and I hope you enjoyed this little recap! I will be back soon!
Lots o’ love,