I Did a Thing. I Graduated From College.4:27 PM
Dress - Elizabeth & James
Heels - New Look
Guys, I DID A THING!
To add onto yet another reason why I've been so MIA... last Friday, I graduated college.
I was in a five-year program and had an extra year and still can't wrap my head around the fact that I am done. I have finished my education. I have that expensive piece of paper I've been working towards for the last five years. It's no longer an elusive goal. It's mine, I earned it, and it's on display in my living room.
Graduation has been this daunting, looming event over my head all semester. I was telling some of my friends over the weekend that I don't think I ever fully came to terms with the fact that I was even in my last semester of college, so it's all been hitting me at once now that I've actually graduated.
Even sitting through commencement, I didn't feel like I was there. It wasn't necessarily an out of body experience. I knew I was sitting there - listening to Senator John Kerry speak, listening to our university president speak, watching my friends walk by to receive their diplomas, receiving my own diploma - but it didn't feel like it was for me. I didn't feel like I should be there.
College really did fly by so quickly. It probably doesn't help that I didn't spend most of my time actually at my college. (It's why we're a five-year program. We rotate between classes and co-ops, which is when we go work for a company for six months full-time then come back to class after for another six.) I counted up how many times I've moved throughout the last five years. Seventeen. I've moved seventeen times, across the country, to two different countries across the ocean, back and forth from Boston... it's been a crazy ride.
Even as I write this as an attempt to wrap my head around what has happened, I don't think I really will for a couple more months to come. Right now, I still have my apartment in Boston that I'm returning to next week. (I returned home after graduation for some much needed R&R.) Right now, I still have friends that are students that I will be seeing when I get back. Right now, I still might have to walk across campus to get somewhere. But, as soon as I pack up my bags and move one more time, this time away from my apartment and no longer as an undergraduate student... I think that's when it will start to really sink in.
But until then, I'm just glad I got to wear my Elizabeth & James dress that I first wrote about when I found it at a Rent The Runway store. I was literally obsessed with it and despite Boston weather refusing to get with the program and act like it was May, I loved wearing it. Most of these photos were taken before our ceremony, but I paired it with a mint green statement necklace for my actual commencement.
And with my dress in the garment bag and on its way back to RTR, my diploma sitting on display in the living room, and my cap, gown, and cords hanging in the corner of my room, I have finished. I made it.
Photos by Veronique Falkovich