Something that is kind of hard for me to believe (even though I know it’s true), is that I’m done with college. I finished the year pretty much like I finish every other year: by taking finals, hanging out with my friends, and then moving out of Alpha Phi. This year I only made a few changes, which were staying around Indy for about a week longer than usual, and graduating (of course). But now, I’m back to where I always end up when I’m done with school… at home on my couch. I love hanging out at home because it’s really relaxing for me, but this time around, it all feels rather strange.
Exactly a month from today, I start my real life job. This means that I have a month to enjoy my freedom before I work for basically the rest of my life. (This sounds like I’m not looking forward to it – but don’t worry, I am really excited to start my new job.) What I’m not looking forward to though, is the fact that I will never get a summer vacation again, and a spring break, and a Christmas vacation. I will have actual vacation days that I can take whenever I would like (which I’m sure will be nice), but I think I will miss having built in breaks a couple times a year.
Since I only have a month left of complete and utter freedom – I’m going to try to make the most of it. This means sleeping in, doing nothing all day long, visiting friends, and crafting as much as possible. It’s kind of confusing to think that living up my free time will include both doing absolutely nothing and doing all kinds of stuff, but I guess that’s the beauty of it….right? Best of all, I will be doing no homework or studying of ANY kind. That was by far the best part about packing to come home – I didn’t bring any books or any of my binders, and it was wonderful. So this, I guess, is what it feels like to be a graduate. And, it’s not too bad…I’m kind of a fan.
Last Saturday, I graduated from college. The day that I waited and worked for four years for came and went…and it was wonderful. I was terrified that I would oversleep and be late for everything, but I got up on time and was only a tad bit late for a breakfast before graduation. I got my morning Starbucks, and spent my last hour as an actual Butler student the way that I’ve spent every other….by socializing. The ladies in charge of keeping all the graduates organized and in our seats probably hated me (and others like me), because I couldn’t sit still, so I wandered the West Gym and chatted with friends until we filed into the Main Gym in Hinkle.
I didn’t really know what to expect at Commencement, because I didn’t know how many people would speak (or what they would talk about), how long it would last, and how hot/miserable it would be (there’s no A/C in Hinkle). I was pleasantly surprised though…because it was really enjoyable. Two of our class officers (Chris Beaman and Lauren Pedigo) made me cry, but for good reason, and our speaker, Richard Stengel, was absolutely perfect. So much of it just made me so proud and fortunate to have been a Butler student, and to be a part of such a great tradition for four years.
I knew that Commencement had the potential to be long and boring…so I was prepared with ways to entertain myself. My main goal was to live tweet the event. Throughout the morning, I tweeted 15 times, which wasn’t bad considering that it lasted for about three hours. I tried to tweet about each person that spoke, and I toyed the idea of tweeting to each one of my friends when they walked across the stage…but I think that all of my followers are glad that I didn’t follow through with that idea. I also took photos of all different things during the morning, and I Instagramed some of my favorites. Here are two of them:
- My sorority sister’s cap just happened to be in the perfect place for this one…and all of the banners kind of make Butler look like Hogwarts – don’t you think??
- The real deal – my diploma.
After it was all over, I found my family, and began the celebration. For me, that meant taking photos – everywhere. We started at Alpha Phi, with all of the girls who graduated in my pledge class (we have quite a few pharmacy majors who won’t graduate until 2014), then we took family photos at my favorite place on campus (Holcomb Pond), and a few more on the mall at the BU sign and at the Bulldog. We also stopped by the COB‘s reception for parents and graduates, where I had the chance to introduce my parents to the people who have played such a big hand in my college career, and where I was able to say my final goodbyes to my professors. Again, it was an absolutely amazing day…and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end my time at Butler!
My family and I...
My other family and I....Alpha Phi
This blog wouldn’t be complete without a few tips for future graduates of Butler University. On your graduation day…some things to remember are:
- Wear something lightweight under your gown. Even if it isn’t too hot out that day, they are STILL miserable.
- Girls, take bobby pins for your cap. And – know that you can fit a really small purse under your gown.
- Go to the bathroom before commencement. It’s a long ceremony…and there is only one time available to slip out and relieve yourself.
- After graduation, if you have cords and other regalia, hold on to them tight. I almost lost mine a few times…and actually lost them once (but I found them too).
- Eat plenty beforehand. You’ll get really hungry just sitting there forever…
- Charge your phone fully. Mine was fully charged, and it ended up at around 50% by halfway through the ceremony…(maybe it was all my tweeting??)
A couple of months ago I wrote a blog all about the things I will miss when I graduate, which is actually a pretty awesome list. But this past week we had Alpha Phi Senior Week, which gave me the chance to reminisce a bit about my years in my sorority, and how much I will miss certain things. I’m officially not ready to graduate…mostly because of these things.
Brian & Curtis’s Fabulous Cooking
For the last 3 years, I have had two cooks who make meals for me 3 times a day during the week. This means that I really haven’t tried out the whole cooking thing, and I’m completely unprepared for my future as a real person. It also means that I won’t ever eat as well as I have for the last few years. I don’t like everything that they make…but overall, I really love their cooking. My favorite meals include breakfast/brunch, swedish meatballs, ciabatta sandwiches, orange chicken, pizza (it’s homemade), pasta bar, KFC-ish mash bowls, and anything that he makes with pesto… I’m hungry just thinking about everything!
The Banner Closet
Our banner closet is a closet that holds paint, random things, sheets for banners, and that serves as a place to store banners that have been painted for events as they dry. For me, the banner closet is a crafter’s paradise. It is a great place to store half-finished crafts when there isn’t room in my own room, a great place to go to find that perfect color of paint when I am in the middle of a project and don’t have what I want, and to go to find anything else that I could ever possibly want. Soon, I won’t have a room like this right beside my room, and instead I will have to drive to Wal-Mart or Target every time that I have a crafting need. How inconvenient is that??!! Maybe my apartment complex will open a crafting room that could fill the hole in my life that the banner closet will leave.
I live in a house of 76, and I have 50+ other sisters that don’t live in. Most people couldn’t handle this…but I love it. There are always people around to hang out with or talk to, and life is so much more exciting this way. I love my pledge class and the pledge class below us…and the pledge class below them was the group that I worked with as the pledge educator so they will always hold a special place in my heart. And to top it all off, we got an amazing group of girls this year that I have loved getting to know. Basically, I don’t want to leave them. I wish I could stick around a bit to see how they grow over the next few years and where they take our house. I have full and complete faith in them, but they are just such awesome people that I don’t want to leave them yet! Alpha Phi, you’re great….keep it up…and never change.
My pledge class at an event earlier this year....
This is it. My last semester at Butler. Even though I’ve been a senior for awhile now…it feels strangely more official now that I’ve really had my last first day of school…ever. Most of my classes are only senior classes…so each professor is taking this last semester to teach us everything that we might need to know before we venture out into the real world. I appreciate it, but it just makes our future/the real world that much more real and imminent.
The one not-so-fun thing about being a senior is being asked over and over again… “So are you ready to leave? Are you sad? What are you doing after you graduate?” Fortunately, I have a job for after graduation, so that is a really positive thing to mention, but it is kind of difficult to concisely explain what my post-grad job is. As for the other questions, I understand why people ask them…all the time…but on this end…it gets old. So for the record….
Am I ready to leave Butler??? Nope. I like college a lot. And Butler has been the perfect place to spend my college years.
Am I sad??? Yes. Think about it…living in a house with 75 of your closest friends, putting off all real financial responsibility, going to class in your pajamas, living within walking distance of a Starbucks where you will always see at least one person you know, never having to cook for yourself, having social events to attend pretty much whenever you would like….college has been great. So I am sad.
- All ready for formal…one of the many things that I won’t have in my post-college life…
Throughout the semester I’ll share some more of my thoughts as a senior, because I figure that I only get to be a senior once…so I should make the most of it…right?