The title is speaking to me ..and my lack of updating the world of what’s been going on!!
I am officially a graduate of the University of Iowa. The ceremony took place on December 18th, 2010 and my diploma is in the mail. The best part of graduation was easily being the VERY last person to walk across the stage and graduate from Iowa in the year 2010. Yes, my last name begins with a “T”, but the way they organized us were by sections (S-Z). And I was the last. Lets just say I got quite the applause (definitely because everyone was excited to be done), but bigger than our school’s quarterback did. Take that Ricky Stanzi!! HA :)
A couple more from the ceremony ..
Let’s just say I’m incredibly lucky. I had my brother, aunt, uncle, and two cousins drive to Iowa from Colorado and two of my best friends come from Chicago. My parents and grandparents came from my hometown. And many, many others who couldn’t make it, but were there with me in spirit! We took advantage of the night before graduation as my last hoorah in Iowa City. We went to a Japanese restaurant and ate around the teppanyaki grill.
Then I went out with my friends and family downtown. We had an absolute blast.
And if the night before wasn’t enough for celebrating my graduation ..my parents had a party for me the night of in my hometown. They rented a space in a really nice bar/lounge downtown and decorated it beautifully.
The party was a “graduation/going away party”. It, like the night before, was a lot of fun.
Thank you brother Cole for coming to Iowa, just to see me graduate and help celebrate! (Wish you could have stayed for Christmas). And to my parents, thank you for everything ..and for hosting my graduation party. It was beautiful and I loved it! (You deserve more thanks than that, but I do not have enough time in the day to write it all out) LOVE YOU BOTH :)
Thank you everyone for helping me celebrate my graduation. And to everyone who came from out-of-town, it means the world truly! I am no longer a “student,” but have joined the elite status of University of Iowa Alumni ;) And I must say, it feels great. Real world ..here I come!
PS. TODAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY …BLAST OFF, TAKE OFF: moving day :) ..that’s 3 days ’til NEW YORK CITY.
(I’ll be posting daily this week!!)