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Exciting news: I graduated university! As of May 21, 2016 I am an official alumnae of Chapman University and have officially moved into full-on adult mode. (Spoiler alert: it’s not as fun as you think it is) Today’s post is a little look at graduation and full of thank you’s and lots of love for everyone who helped me get through college-y’all are the real MVPs.
First thing’s first: my graduation cap. I had been planning since high school to paint it with Kanye’s Graduation album cover, but alas, my friend/sister Becca did that last year…so I had to come up with something new. Enter Kanye in a graduation cap and gown and bold letters that read “KAN-YAY” because, I mean, why not? I threw on a panther paw and my sorority letters for good measure, and honestly it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made, I think it’s hilarious!
The Friends (& Someone Special)
Pictured here are seven people that I would not have made it through college without. Sarah, Teresa, Gabe, Hannah, Miranda, and Paige have all been my rocks through my college experience and have kept me sane, made me laugh, been huge support systems, and inspired me every single day, and there’s no way I would have become the person I am now without them. All of this applies to Adam too, but he has also taught me to truly believe in myself and to not be afraid to follow my heart, and for that I am forever thankful. ♥ These few have seen me at my best and my worst, and I know that we will all be friends forever.
Guess who didn’t get any photos with her family at the ceremony…oops. So here, have a photo of me and Pete the Panther while I talk about how great they are! Yay!
For my graduation I had quite the turnout, which is saying something as an only child with family scattered all over the country. Not only did my parents and Godmother come, but my two trainers, their partners, and my family from Louisiana, whom I haven’t seen in ages. (Does it make sense why I say “y’all” yet?) They screamed “WHO DAT” as I walked across the stage, and showered me with love and affection and quite a bit of alcohol at dinner, which I am by no means complaining about. For me, graduating is as much as a personal achievement as it is a testament of the support of the people you surround yourself with, and I am forever thankful and lucky to be able to have my family and friends by my side. I ended up graduating Cum Laude (.5 away from Magna Cum Laude but alas, earwax) with honors granted to me from my university, Sociology department, and two honors societies. After four years, that’s quite the accomplishment, and I would not have done it without everyone I love.
Endless love, and welcome back!