Monday, December 23, 2013

a farewell to college



Last week I graduated college, getting my bachelors in English with an emphasis in Professional Writing. These past years have been amazing, hard, momentous, fun, and not so fun hah. A time I will never ever forget. This week I've been looking at old pictures from college, reminiscing with old friends and thinking about how much I've grown and changed from when I first packed up my jeep and drove to school.

I can't really explain everything I'm feeling. I thought graduation would be sooo exciting, and it was, but I kept thinking about all the professors who touched my life and taught me to see the world differently, the friends I've made, and all the good times that was had. And I was sad that it was all over. For many semesters I've been counting down the months until I'd be done, and now I wished I would have really enjoyed it more. After all, college is a freaking blast.

It wasn't always amazing, don't get me wrong, college isn't just butterflies and magical moments. I had roommates that I just didn't get along with, I had my heart broken by great guys and not so great guys, I got into fights with my friends, I had awkward encounters, I bombed lots of tests that I studied hours for, I had classes that I just didn't get, people were mean just to be mean, I had a boss that bulldozed over everyone and made me cry at work once, I walked to school in blizzard conditions on multiple occasions. College isn't perfect. 

But if you let it, it'll change your life and you'll find that good times always follow the bad.

I made some amazing friends I'll always keep ones that always knew what I needed and took care of me, I learned so much about myself, I had teachers tell me I'm special and talented and smart, traits I never really thought I had, and I had a couple teachers that I'd talk to for hours about our lives and we connected in such personal ways, I had some really great jobs, I met some of the best people I've ever known, I somehow always seemed to pass my classes even the ridiculously hard ones, I got A's on lots of papers and even a few tests ;), I stayed up practically all night just talking to my roommates, I met my husband and our love story unfolded in college, I learned to surf, I adopted many stray kittens,  and went on countless adventures ranging from bike rides, road trips, dance parties, dates, bomb fires and goodness so many more I could be typing forever.

College had it's ups and downs, but the good far outweighed the bad and overall I'm so grateful for the chance I had to attend all three BYU universities and the countless memories I made at each place.


BYU

^^^ My very first home away from home.

^^^ Giant shaving cream slip n' slide
^^^ Last day of the semester with my roomies

BYU-Hawaii


^^^ The time Maddie and I took the bus to Honolulu to rent scooters for our birthdays and we almost died a million times.

^^^ When there was a tsunami and we were evacuated from our dorms and had to sleep on the floor  






^^^ My valentine  



BYU-Idaho




^^^ Skin boarding, we were super good.... but not really, like at all.
^^^ I miss these girls
^^^ My roommates from Fall 2010, I don't think any group of such different people have gotten along as well as we did.
^^^ Bridge jumping in Rexburg is like the cool thing to do.


BYU-I is also where I met Joshy....


^^^ Meeting my fam for the first time
^^^ Newly engaged!
^^^ Double dates with roommates
^^^ Playing the guitar and dancing and kissing in the park 
^^^ Danny and Sandy from Greece for Halloween.


So after attending three universities, changing my major four, no five times, and 9 semesters later I find myself at the end. Married, pregnant, unemployed, a little scared, mostly relieved, and really proud of myself for sticking it out. Every late night studying, every hour spent writing countless research and persuasive papers, every test where I wanted to cry because I either bombed it or nailed it, was worth it. It's weird to think that I might not ever have to take a test again, unless I go to more schooling but that's an entirely different post topic.

After so many memories this chapter in my life is officially closed and it's really bittersweet feeling. I think college is the easy part of life, now comes babies, careers, buying a house, getting our own health insurance. Life is going to be much more complicated and I don't know how I really feel about that. But I guess there's not much I can do about it now, life keeps going and the only thing I have to say is "farewell college, it's been a good time and I'll never forget you." 


Here's to new beginnings!







xo


5 comments:

  1. Congratulations on graduating! I know it is such an exciting time for you and everyone that has supported you every step of the way! Enjoy the next few days and soak in all the memories :-)

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  2. eep!! i just graduated, too.. and have no idea what I'm doing! It's scary, but as Avril Lavigne wouldn't say.... Here's to growing up!! ;)

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  3. Congratulations, Lauren!! It is such an honor to be able to "see" into your life, and watch the incredible work God is doing through you. He has such perfect plans for you and the best thing is, you are loved by so many and we will all be there to cheer you on and pray you through! Way to go!! Love youuuuu!!

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  4. a) yes, I'm commenting on all your posts I've missed lately b) congratulations c) you're so cute it makes me want to puke...in a good way...if that's possible? d) how do you get your eyes so POPPIN'?! What the bleep girl?! they're gorgeous.

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