Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Well, about an hour ago I purchased my cap, gown, and invites for graduation. It was a very surreal moment.
So surreal in fact, that I forgot to include the date and time on the invites. I tried to correct it after the fact, but just in case it does not show up, here is the information:
May 12, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
(Exact location will not be provided via internet.)

I still don't think that it has quite hit me that in a matter of weeks I will have earned a Bachelor's Degree. Where did the time go? I feel like I've been in college for a very long time, but at the same time I didn't truly begin to enjoy my experience at UT until my sophomore year. And since then, the time has FLOWN by, and I've loved every minute of it. I think the fact that I will be returning in the fall for Grad School helps me to not be as sad.

It feels like just yesterday we were taking MAC pictures in the dorm. 
And now we're all going our separate ways- like in high school. Only this time, we're going to get jobs, have families, and establish permanent residences all over the globe. There is no telling who we'll see again, and that is so scary. But it's exciting too!

I am extremely worried though about finding a job and becoming a grown up. I feel like I am very young and still in the prime of my life. Well, I'm 21 so that is basically true! And to be completely honest, that is a major reason as to why I am going to grad school at such a young age. Maybe that isn't the best reason, but I'm not ready to not be a student anymore. But I guess I don't have a choice.
Because ready or not, graduation is creeping closer and closer.

And with that, I would just like to say this:
UT, you've caused me such anxiety over the years- the countless tests, research papers, projects, quizzes.
But I cannot express in words as to how much I have grown and matured and changed as a person since I've been here. I've gotten to travel the world, work in radio stations, go to numerous college-spirited sporting events, made life-long friends, and found the love of my LIFE. I've become more outgoing, dependent, and self assured.
And all because of you, UT.
I am so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to get a college education at this establishment.

And now, in a matter of weeks it's goodbye college and hello world and to the life of grad school!

I think I am ready for the next chapter to begin.


  1. Dear Sweet Niece Emmy: What an awesome, inspiring entry about your college experience. While so many probably feel the same way you do, they are not able to put it into words like you do. As i put away my kleenex, let me say again, way to go Emmy! LOVE YOU BUNCHES FROM AUNT CATHY one of your biggest fans! :-)

  2. This made me smile. I have felt that you are so ready to stop being a student but that goes to show that I don't know everything about you. I think this is a really cool and bittersweet post and I like how personal it is. Really nice Emmy