February 14, 2014

I Didn't Graduate

I know you're thinking something really crazy right now, but it's actually not what you're thinking. No, I didn't flunk out. And yes I did really well on all my finals. But I didn't graduate.

Up until November, I planned to graduate in January. That is until I found out that the College of Health Professions and Social Work "will not be holding a winter commencement ceremony." However, I "may walk in the Spring commencement ceremony if [I] wish." Sorry, but I've been waiting for my diploma for four and a half years since August 2009, I'm not waiting any longer than I have to.

I understand that it's my choice to not wait until May, but it still sucks that I don't get to walk across the stage in front of my family and friends with a cap on my head and a rolled up piece of paper in my hand as they play a recording of Pomp & Circumstance.
Kristo's graduation ceremony was last week. (of course they held one for the college of liberal arts.) I was so incredibly proud of him and all that he's accomplished (2 Bachelor's degrees with distinction in the major for econ!!!!), but it was bittersweet in the fact that I didn't get to close my college career like everyone else.  That bratty voice inside my head kept saying "that should be me." But he's a really good boyfriend and he understood how I felt which led to this picture.
Every once in a while, you relearn the lesson that you can't always get what you want. It sucks, but it's a very concrete part of life. So how do you deal? You find a solution. If you can't get what you want, you find another plan. Which is exactly what I did. I ordered my senior portraits. They cost me almost $200 (HIGHWAY ROBBERY), but it's worth the fact that I can send my capped and gowned self to all of my relatives. And at least I can pretend that I graduated.

If all else fails, try to find the good in the situation. I'm lucky to have a job in my chosen field before I even receive my diploma, graduated or not. So here's to life lessons and keeping your head up.

What are some life lessons that you weren't so happy to learn?

4 comments :

  1. Aww I'm sorry you didn't have a ceremony! You still got your degree though and that's what matters! This reminds me of two TV shows: Full House when Stephanie wanted a 3rd grade graduation and they gave her "high heels" and did a mini fake one, and Gilmore Girls where everyone in town wanted to do a reenactment of Rory's graduation from Yale.

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  2. I love that he let you borrow his hat! :)

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  3. That's a really sweet picture! I'm so sorry you didn't get to walk, it sucks that after working so hard you didn't get to close the chapter the same way as so many people. At my college graduation I didn't get any pictures taken with my family who was there, and I'm still REALLY upset about it. We just didn't think about it AT ALL! But you have a great boyfriend who let you wear his hat :) :)

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    1. CAP. It's a CAP not a hat. I know that, I swear.

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