Friday, May 21, 2010

Graduation Day!! UMD Red Week

I graduated today!!
The weather was gorgeous, the ceremony was quick and enjoyable, I got to spend time with many good friends, and I had my wonderful and supportive family there with me.

I haven't had the time to post all day because I'm just now getting home, but I wanted to show you my UMD-fab polish pick.


OPI Affair in Red Square
The name has nothing to do with graduation (we have a red 'M' but not a red square at UMD), but I love the color and chose it based on the suggestions you all gave me.  I love that it is a dark, shimmery red.  I'll take a better picture of it tomorrow morning and add it to this post soon.  On my toenails I wore OPI Pretty & Privledged, which looked great :D
(ps: my ring was my 5th grade graduation gift.  Appropriate, no?  It is amazing looking back at that day.  At that point I could have never imagined I'd be here today.)


During the graduation speeches, I began thinking back to the first few weeks of grad school.  The uncertainty, the expectations, the fear, and of course, the excitement.  We all felt it, and some of us showed it more than others.  It was new and different, and all of us 'first years' were doing it together.  The first semester was deceptively easy; the second semester was, I thought, the toughest semester of my life; the third semester reminded me why I love English; the fourth semester was truly the hardest semester of my life.  We became friends during these crazy, fun, difficult, entertaining, and on the whole, educational courses.  My greatest fear was never not graduating; my greatest fear was not graduating with the strangers I began school with - with the friends I hoped to end graduate school with.

Listening to those speeches, I thought back to the Brooke two years ago who sat, nervous and scared, in her first graduate class.  The Brooke who on that day began to doubt if she was anywhere near as smart as everyone else (and worried she may have left half her brain back in undergrad).  The Brooke who suddently wasn't sure if she could really do it.
I'm glad I'm not that Brooke anymore.  I'm glad I've grown, not simply intellectually, but as someone who truly believes in herself.  I've grown so much as a person, and that is truly the greatest achievement I am taking away from graduate school.

So here's to us, English Masters.  We mastered this degree program and I know we all have the spirit, intelligence, perserverance, and overall gumption to master life.  Congratulations.

PS: Happy Birthday, Josephine!!

18 comments:

Tierney said...

Congratulations Brooke!!!!
<3

Lily said...

Congrats!! You look fabulous :D

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

Congratulations Brooke! Allow yourself time to float around up there, you've worked hard and you deserve this.

Evil Angel said...

Congrats love! How awesome!
You look beautiful and OMG is that a giant turtle? I want it!

adorepink said...

Congratulations!! How exciting :-)

Laura said...

Congratulations! Glad you enjoyed your day and well done on this great achievement :-)

Taki J said...

Yaaaay... happy for you!!! Congrats!!! Enjoy this time as much as you can!!

sonidlo said...

Congratulations!

ch3rryco1a said...

=D

jellynat said...

Congratulations, Brooke. I'm proud of you for some reason, even if we're both strangers.

You write wonderfully well, too. It's always such a pleasure to read you.

CC said...

Congratulations! =)
Xx

L said...

Yay! Congrats!!

Stephanie said...

Huge congratulations.

Eek, I'm terrified to start grad school.

Skulda said...

BROOKE!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

The Nail Polish M.D. said...

Congrats!!! Fellow Terp love :)

Rebecca said...

Congratulations!!

Jessica said...

Congratulations dear! You look wonderful!

Witoxicity said...

Congratulations, Brooke! You've conquered all the challenges these two years. Well done! You look fab (and with very lovely nails too!)! :)

 
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