August 14, 2011 - 9:46 PM
As of Thursday morning, I am officially an alumnus of the University of Oregon! Around 8:30 am I gave my last presentation of my undergraduate experience, and today I checked duckweb, and my grade is up. While I am still waiting to receive official word that my diploma has been shipped, Thursday was a day to celebrate. After I left my last class at the University of Oregon, I immediately called my mom to share the good news, headed back to the apartment I'm staying at to pack up everything and then it was time to celebrate. My friend Leslie also had her last day of classes, ever, so I had someone to celebrate with.
Some friends joined me in my celebration as I rescheduled my work shift and instead enjoyed a delicious dinner at Evergreen, and Indian restaurant near campus. Most of us had not been to Evergreen before, so it was also great to cross that one off of our Eugene bucket list (which is almost covered in checkmarks!) We took a little break to let the massive food coma that ensued take its course, and then headed over to Sixteen Tons, a pub that has recently opened in Eugene and a new favorite of ours.
It was a wonderful way to celebrate the day! It was a little bit anti-climatic in comparison to the actual commencement ceremony, but it was still spent with someone wonderful friends in two fabulous places in Eugene. The whole day reminded me of how much I love this city and how much I will miss the people that I have spent the last four years with.
This week has also made me excited and nervous about what is to come! I still have about seven months until I leave for the Peace Corps, and I am not quite sure what my plan is until then. I will be moving back in with my parents and the job hunt is on. I am hoping to find something in the healthcare field, but I'm willing to take what I can get in order to put a dent in my student loans until I leave for the Peace Corps.
I am really appreciative of having this blog as an outlet to record and share my experiences from this past year! I really enjoyed deciding what part of week was worth writing about and remembering, and using this blog as an opportunity to hone my writing skills in another area besides lab reports. The University of Oregon has given me an absolutely amazing four years, and I am so thrilled that I was able to share part of my experiences with others.