Pomp and Circumstance

May 20, 2011

So, I graduated college last Saturday and it hasn’t really settled in. I have been a member of the Harding empire for the past 17 years and it seems weird, almost traitor-like, to think about calling another school home. However, in two months I will be. As I look back on my years at the university specifically, I think about the people. The people I met in college made my experience a lot better than my high school experience with Harding was. The picture above is just one group out of the several groups of friends I made at HU in my four years. The people above, the science crew, have been with me the most as we have taken classes together, talked together, cried together, laughed together, got angry together, and spent WAY too many late nights and days in the science building (sci as I affectionately call it…). I couldn’t write down in one post how much every person, not only pictured here but many others, that i’ve met at HU has meant to me. I have so many wonderful memories and those memories are the only things that make me what to hang on to this place. My life is changing so fast and I can’t count the number of times in the past month I asked for time to just slow down and wait for me to catch my breath. On the other hand, I think of all the times in the past 3 and 1/2 years that I just wished for one day to be over or for time to fly between one moment to the next. Oh, how I wish now (as I was told MANY times) that I had enjoyed every moment more. It is always true what they say that you never know what you have until it’s gone. I feel like I always remember that lesson too late at times in my life. All I can say is I have been blessed by the people I met in college and I MISS them, dearly. I hate the times I was distant, moody, and petty. I hate the times where I was too focused on the next test or project or guy and less on those friends that meant the most to me. It is also fitting that I am reminded of this lesson on my grandmother’s birthday. She died 2 and 1/2 years ago and I still miss her as if it were yesterday. I learned that lesson about not giving enough time to those who mean the most to you in a hard way when she died. She was my best friend and I will see her again someday.

On that note, I just wanted to speak a small bit about the news I’ve been hearing. According to some guy on family radio, I will be seeing my grandmother again tomorrow because that is when the world is ending. Apparently, he has calculated when the rapture is going to take place. I believe what Revelation says and that it will happen someday but the bible also says that “No man knows the day nor the hour when the Lord will come”. So, I’m not sure why this guy thinks that he is the exception. If the world ends tomorrow, I am okay with that because I will be in Heaven with my Lord. But if it doesn’t, I won’t be disappointed and I am kinda excited about the next stage of my life. I guess we will see but my trust is in God either way.

Well, I am sorry I haven’t participated in the post-a-week as I had originally planned, but my last semester was more challenging and time consuming than I thought it was going to be. But all in all, it was a great year and an great four years and I look forward to the future whatever may.

Peace and blessings

 

Well, my final semester in undergrad has finally begun and I am left feeling excited, nervous, sad, and happy at the same time. I never felt this way about high school graduation. Maybe because I knew the friends I had from high school would be my friends in college and those I wasn’t friends with I would never care about. For the most part, this was true. However, college has been a different experience. Although challenging and frustrating at times, I have had the best experiences while I was in college. I have made a lot of true friends and I have grown a lot as a person. This has not been made clear than when I hang out with my college friends. We all get along so well that it is “clique” ish at times. But we have laughed together, cried together, complained together, and encouraged each other. I guess my nervousness comes from the thought that I will not find this same type of group ever again in life. This is completely discouraging about the future and makes me want to let time stand still and not move on. But I have to move on.

Even though I have made stronger friendships in college than I did in high school, I must still keep somewhat of the same attitude i had about leaving college. I am going to bigger and better things. The friends I’ve made in college will not disappear. I will get invitations to all of their weddings and they will be invited to mine. My closest and dearest friends will, hopefully, come visit me and I will visit them. And my friends who will still be around good ol’ S-town will see my face every once and a while because my parents are here. So, I should look at graduation as not the end but a beautiful beginning.

On a slight side note: The first two days of school have been fun. I am interested to see how the semester goes. I am really glad to see everyone and I am going to enjoy EVERY minute of my last semester.

Have a good rest of the week everyone!