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

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113 comments

  1. Congrats on graduating from college.. How exciting & I felt so great when I graduated..All the best!

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  2. Wow, congratulations on graduating!!! <3

    xx jhanzey.net

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  3. Aw congrats Sora!! Thats so exciting! :)

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  4. Wow, Congratulations! I'm so happy to see those college students that graduate. It's a big deal! I'm on my 3rd year next school year. And I can't wait to graduate. Imagining it right now makes me so excited for the day of my graduation.
    Love, Fads

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    1. Thank you! Cherish the time you still have! It seriously flies by.

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  5. Oh, Sora, Congratulations! Your college years sound absolutely amazing! I mean, moves 17 times? Across 2 countries?! It must've been one hell of a ride, so congratulations!

    I'm in my first year of college, so I've got about three more years before I think about graduating, but reading this makes me just a little bit more excited about it.

    All the best to you and your future endeavors! x

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely been an incredible and unique college experience. Enjoy your college years!! They really do mean it when they say it flies by. :)

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  6. These photos are so cute and congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you! I had fun taking them. :)

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  7. I totally get what you mean about it not quite hitting that you're finished yet - I was so stressed in my final semester wanting it to be over but it was heartbreaking at my graduation thinking I'd not have another essay or exam! Congrats on graduating though - stunning photographs and I'm totally in love with your dress :) x

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    1. It's been over a week now and it still hasn't hit me! I'm okay with not having another exam, but I will miss all the other aspects haha. Thank you so much!

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  8. Congratulations! So great to graduate well done sweetie. You have such a great time ahead now. Gemma x
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  9. i actually considered going there myself at one point, congrats!!

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    1. Aw, no way, we could've been Huskies together! Hope you are happy where you ended up!! Thank you! :)

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  10. Congrats!!! Must be an awesome feeling :) Hope you're basking in it xx

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  11. Congratulations, beautiful! Wow, you really jumped through hoops to get to this point, so it's certainly well deserved and you should feel very proud and accomplished! You looked beautiful, I adore your dress, the color looks wonderful on you! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a great day so far!

    XO,

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely been quite the ride. Thank you so much, I really appreciate that!

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  12. Awww, congratulations on graduating, hun! :) So happy for you!!!! <3

    Kay
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  13. wow!! huge congratulations!! :D

    Have a great day!
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    1. Ahh, senior year is the best! Have the best time. Thank you!

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  15. Congrats! Wish you all the best!

    xo
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  16. AHH, congratulations!! I can't imagine how exciting it must be (and scary) to finish this chapter in your life. But you've experienced so much (seriously, 17 times?! I did not like moving twice in 6 years lol) and that program you did sounds amazing! I hope whatever you plan on doing next works out for you :)

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    1. It's so terrifying! I'm still coming to terms with it. I'm so grateful for the chapter I did have though! I really did experience so much. Moving 17 times definitely was not fun, but the things that happened in between all those moves certainly were. Thank you, Sam!

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  17. Wow! This is huge news! As a graduate myself I know how amazing it is to finally finish!
    Good luck with the future and keep on celebrating!
    xx

    Garland Girl

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    1. Thank you so much! Did you graduate this year? Congratulations either way, since it's such a big achievement!

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  18. Wow, Congratulations!!! I love seeing posts like this. It makes me want to work harder to reach for my dreams. Good Luck on your next journey!

    xoxo,
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    1. I'm so glad to hear that. Thank you so much!

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  19. HUUUGE congratulations! Graduating college is such a huge achievement :) Its so crazy that you moved 17 times during your course, at least you got to see the world! You look super beautiful in your Elizabeth and James dress and these photos just make me smile

    Rachel xx
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    1. Thank you so much! Definitely a lot of exhausting moving, but I'm grateful for the experiences I had. Thank you!! I appreciate that. :)

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  20. A massive congratulations to you for finishing college - well done!! You look so beautiful (and needless to say, happy) in these celebration photos :) You're right, you've earned it... and great decision to display the certificate in your living room!

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  21. YAYYYYY! CONGRATS! OH that's wonderful! It looks like you had an amazing graduation with such incredible friends surrounding you! This must be so exciting! I just graduated high school/A Levels and preparing for university. So this is getting me pumped for the next three years <3

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    1. Thank you so much! Congrats to you as well! Have the best summer, you deserve it after A Levels, too!

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  22. Congrats girl!! That is amazing! You look absolutely gorgeous in that dress. I can see why you loved it so much. With what you said about moving 17 times, that is crazy! No wonder time flew by so fast when you got such a busy life. I'm almost halfway done with college and it doesn't feel like it at all. Anyways, good luck and can't wait to see what you got planned next :)

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    1. Thank you! It's safe to say I spent as much time away from my school as I did at it haha. I remember trying to process when I was halfway through school. Cherish it!! It really goes by in a flash.

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  23. Yaaay congrats gorgeous girlie! <3 I love these photos!
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  24. Congratulations!! You look so beautiful in that dress!
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  25. Congrats!! You looks so happy and so cute!

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  26. This is such a great achievement, Congrats! Love your grad outfit too! Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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  27. congratulations !!!! :)

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  28. I am new to your blog and this is the first post I've read but I have to say I absolutely love it. You are so raw and open and unique and it really is inspiring! Completing undergrad is a CRAZY thing.. It didn't sink for me until the end of the summer.. 2 study abroads?? I am especially jealous. You look so happy.. I know exactly how sad it is to leave...

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    1. This was so sweet to read. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! I'm going back to my apartment at school this Wednesday, so that definitely doesn't help it all sink in haha. Thank you so much for your comment, Kelly.

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  29. Eek congratulation! What an exciting day! Your dress is the most incredible colour and you look fab! You have a seriously beautiful smile!

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  30. Congratulations sweety! Such happy pictures :)

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  31. Congratulations! Dress is very chic! I enjoyed your post very much, keep sharing dear!
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  32. OMG, congratulations babe

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  33. Congrats!!
    Great post as always!! It's been awhile... Hope you had a wonderful week!!
    Thanks for the support and thoughtful words on my recent post, I deeply appreciate it!!
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  34. Congratulations, that is awesome! Such a beautiful dress, too.

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  35. Ahh congrats on graduating!! Making me feel old seeing all you youngin's graduating haha (totally kidding) :P It's actually really intense that you had to move 17 times across the country and around the globe!! I actually think it's pretty cool that you got to work while in school so even though you just graduated you basically are ready for the working world already! Look forward to seeing more posts on the life after! :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's such a huge asset to my school's program! Wouldn't trade it for any other experience. Thank you so much!

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  36. OMG!!! Congrats!!!! You're the best! and don't you look stunning?!! best of luck with everything!
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  37. Congratulations Sora! So proud of you. Your smile is so pretty <3

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  38. That´s wonderful! Congratulation!

    I will be having my school leaving exams two weeks later, so cross fingers for me, haha! ♡

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    1. Thank you! Best of luck!! You got this. :)

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  39. Congratulations on your achievement! It sounds like you graduated from an amazing program!

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  40. OMG congratulations on graduating! That is such an amazing accomplishment!

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  41. Aww Congrats! You're so cute, wish you the best! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com/

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  42. CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!! I know it wasn't easy but you made it!!!
    You'll do great things!!! :) xx


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  43. Congrats! Great pics!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  44. First of all, congratulations! What a great achievement! I hope you get to fully savour the fact that you finished something incredible! :)

    Also, looking gorgeous in that dress! Cute heels too! :)

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  45. You go girl, congrats! So pretty your smile!
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  46. Congratulations! beautiful post, u have such a pretty smile

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  47. Congratulations on graduating from college! That's such an impressive achievement, you should be so proud of yourself! You look absolutely gorgeous in your cap and gown as well, and I love your dress!

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it. :)

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  48. Aw this is so sweet, congrats! You seem so lovely and have a great blog too, let me know if you would like to follow each other and stay in touch! x

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  49. Ohh you are so cute and beautiful!
    I'd like to do the same in France...
    See you soon
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  50. Congratulations babe! It's such an amazing feeling to finally be graduated especially when your degree takes several years to complete! Now to move on to an exciting new chapter without exams, pop quizzes and papers!

    xoxo
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  51. So interesting post ) Thanks for sharing)
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