World’s Colliding

Friday, May 07, 2010

Well, this is it folks!  The big graduation weekend.  It’s a bittersweet time, as this is the end of an era for me.  Not only am I saying goodbye to 23 folks I’ve spent every waking minute with for the last three years, my time as a student is over.  And while there’s a lot to complain about (late nights, constant stress, papers, test, etc…), there is much about the student life that I appreciate.  Life is always changing and with every new semester, there’s something new to look forward to.  And I do enjoy learning.  I put on a good “I hate school” face, but you don’t go to school for seven years if something in you isn’t drawn to academics.

We presented our thesis research again Wednesday night at the Virginia APTA chapter meeting for local PTs.  The meeting was at our school, the last function I would attend there.  I was in a rush when it was time leave, but I did take a minute to ride the elevator up to the 6th floor one last time and stand in the quiet, empty lobby of the place that I’ve spent countless hours over the last 3 years. Learning. Studying. Laughing. Celebrating test scores. Lamenting test questions. Or grabbing a quick nap in the plinth lab.

The hooding ceremony is on Saturday afternoon and the ceremony for the entire grad school is on Sunday afternoon.  This means there’s an onslaught of the Way-Grassmeyer-Monroe-Everette-Jaros family closing in on the DC area today.  We’ve got 12 or 13 family member (I stopped counting…) coming in for the events, so what better excuse to throw a party? Invitation_Green_Blog

There’s this random bag of guests coming, so I’m worried that everyone won’t be up on their small talk!  Family, small group friends, couple friends, a person or two from school, the Riley fam, an older woman who had a stroke that I walk with and her husband… There’s this very broad age group from a variety of backgrounds.  Throw in the divorced parents and in-laws dynamics and you have me and Tyler stressing out! World’s truly are colliding…

But we’re so excited to see our friends and family and spend some great time celebrating.  I’ll let you know how it goes…

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