June 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Graduation is supposed to be a fun, stress free time to celebrate a huge accomplishment. However it is quite the opposite! For the last month all I have been doing is running around preparing for this one day.
First off, getting the hotel rooms. Something I should have done months ago. The worst part is the day after graduation is the Special Olympics Trials which makes the hotels around the campus area even more booked. After I found a hotel a far distance from campus I had to make sure my family could get over to campus. There will be no parking but fortunately UO will be providing many shuttles to get family over here.
After that came the announcements. My Mom did not want me to just send out announcements but a picture with them. I asked one of my sisters who is a phenomenal photographer to take pictures of me. Then I got them printed out and sent them in all the announcements. I addressed them to people I have never met and sent them all across the United States.
Now, what do I do with my family when they are all here? We are all going to PF Changs for dinner. I have to get reservations for a party of eleven. Trying to coordinate eleven different schedules is incredibly difficult but it is done. Thankfully.
And after all that it is time to wait. Just one week and I will be done with my four years at the University of Oregon. But rest assured, I will always be a Duck.
June 3, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Just a few days ago I found out my placement with my job. I am going to be spending the next year of my life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! To say this might be a change from Oregon would be an understatement.
I am excited. I don't even know if that word encompasses all that I am but it is the best I got. I am blessed with the good fortune to have a job after school and to move somewhere I have never even dreamed of going before! Not only am I going to try out southern living, but in a place just over an hour away from New Orleans! Oregon is a beautiful place. Our rivers are crisp and clear, our forests are never ending and the people here couldn't be nicer. That being said, I can't wait to see the might Mississippi river, experience swamps and all their catfish alligator glory, and to experience first hand southern hospitality.
I should probably mention I am scared. I have never been to Baton Rouge. Or even Louisiana. The closest person I know is over five hours away and worst of all, I am right next to LSU! Even through all of that I know I will fall in love with the city, meet new friends and proudly rep my University of Oregon Duck shirts as much as possible!
This is going to be the biggest adventure I have taken so far in my life. I hope it is true when they say Ducks are across the country because I sure hope I find one in Baton Rouge. Now I just have to find an apartment in a place I have never been to before. Piece of cake.