I officially graduated from Texas A&M today! After four long years of hard work, late nights, and many tears, I have finally made it to the end of the line. This is my last stop in academia for a while and it's bittersweet. I loved my time at Texas A&M; every football game I attended, every friend I made, every thing I learned, all brought be closer to where I am. I am who I am because I have made myself so.
I graduated today with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering, along with a minor in Project Management and a certificate in Holistic Leadership. With hard work I graduated in the Engineering Honors Program with Latin honors (Magna Cum Laude) and as a member of Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Academic Fraternity, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers Serving the Community.
While we didn't have a traditional commencement ceremony or walk the stage, the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M put on a digital ceremony where they recognized each person graduating. It was great to still celebrate with my family!
Something super cool was that Texas A&M put each degree candidate on the jumbo tron at Kyle Field. I'm pretty sure they don't normally do this so it was really awesome to see my name in one of the most memorable places on campus. I remember all the football games and fun I had here and it really touched me.
Texas A&M wasn't the only thing to honor graduates today. My parents and sister worked together to get me this huge yard signage to celebrate! I was so surprised when I saw it this morning! It really filled me with content and joy to see how proud my family was of me. I think this sign was one of the coolest things they could have done and one of the best grad presents I ever received!
This day wouldn't be complete without cake! I made some fun funfetti cupcakes with maroon icing from scratch and cute grad toppers. The icing took forever to color but I think it turned out really well. We actually ended up eating cupcakes for breakfast (the breakfast of champions, am I right?) and they were super moist and flavorful. Making funfetti from scratch was super fun and easy and I think they turned out way better than from a box. My family all loved them too and even said they were better than buying them!
My graduation lunch was pork chops from Perry's Steakhouse! l love their Friday pork chop deal and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate. My mom broke out a maroon table cloth and we dined with pink champagne , good food, and great company. The meal was delicious, as expected, and we had a great time eating it. The pork chops are so big, I couldn't finish mine, I already can't wait to eat it!
After watching the commencement ceremony my family surprised me with cards and even more flowers! I loved all of flowers and the cards were so nice. My sister addressed her card to "Sister/The Best Senior White Belt Ever", a nod to what I always say about myself when doing Taekwondo with her! I loved the personal touches every one put on their cards and really enjoyed reading them.
Overall, I really enjoyed my day of graduation. After eating more cupcakes and opening cards we went on a long drive around the lake. For dinner we got Duff's Wings (yum) and watched Moana afterwards.
I have many worries about graduating, mostly involving my friends. I'm worried that by not being close to them physically, I will drift away from them, that I'll look back 5 years from now and not see them there. I don't want to loose any of them, even though I know that it's probably inevitable. I want to continue to see them, to be a part of their lives, and for them to be a part of mine. However, I know that if I make my relationship a priority, and if my friends also make it a priority, then we can make it work, no matter where we are.
Graduation is not just an end, but a beginning. It doesn't just finish college, finish academia, finish many books in life, it also starts new books, starts new relationships, and starts new journeys. So while I have to say goodbye to Aggieland for now, I know that it's more like a "see you later" and that one day, I'll be able to look back and see all of the amazing things I've done and all the things I've yet to do.
Hello Fort Worth.
Goodbye old friends.
Hello new ones.
Goodbye young girl.
Hello grown woman.
I'll keep each relationship, each memory, each precious moment, with me for the rest of my days. Though the details may fade, people may slip away, and Aggieland will always change, I will still feel the feeling I feel when I step into Texas A&M, when I see an old friend, when I sing the War Hymn once again. I will still feel joy in the little things, in teaching children and helping others, in moments of laughter with friends, in each and every ordinary thing I do. I ended a huge part of my life today, crossed a threshold, taken the steps that can never be taken back. While I will never again be what I was, I believe that in my future I can be even more.
Texas A&M has prepared me all it can, has stuffed me with knowledge about my field and what to expect, and now it is time for me to pick of the reins and lead the way. Hello life, its time for me to meet you.
Here's the card my sister got me, it was too funny not to share!