Three years ago today, I graduated from college. It's really hard to believe. Time has passed so fast...so much has happened since then.
College graduation is a little different than high school. Besides the obvious things, working a lot harder to get there, costing more money, getting a bigger diploma, etc., this is when you finally enter the real world.
I'll never forget about March of 2006 it really started to hit me. I started applying for 'real jobs', preparing for graduation, finishing up classes, and FREAKING out! I couldn't believe that I had been in school since I was 5 years old and I was going to be done. Done. DONE! Yes, this is very exciting, but also very scary. So, like most 'I'm fixing to be a college graduate' do, I decided I would stay and get my Masters. Why not? It would be more beneficial to me and more importantly I didn't have to join the real world yet, right? Well, I thought so, but my father was on a different page. Though short, I will never forget that conversation.
"Dad, I have been thinking that I'm going to stay in school and get my Masters." In my head I'm thinking he is going to be so proud and happy that I want to work hard and further my education.
His response was a little different than I had planned..."Great...I'll NEVER retire!"
I was extremely lucky that my parents were able to pay for my college. So his response isn't a bad one. I can see that now. ha ha. I didn't stay to get my Masters and I turned out okay. It might be something to plan for in the future, but that will have to come out of my pockets. Oh, and by the way he is retired now, so rest easy.
May 12, 2006 was an awesome day!
Me, my dad, and step mom.
My mother and I.
After graduation, friends and family gathered at the house for a tropical celebration. Tropical because I left for Jamaica the next day for a nice get away!
Me and my (then) soon to be sister-in-law...
My brother and I.
Mary & Tracy.
Happy as all get out! I have no clue why! ;o)
I was missing mother's day that Sunday, so we celebrated a few days early. This is My mom, me, and my step dad.