Although I participated in the graduation ceremony a month ago, I still had to take my final exams (scheduled after the ceremony) to make it all official and trade up the post-in note in my diploma folder for the real thing. Well yesterday I got word that I did, in fact, PASS my final comprehensive exams and I am officially a college GRADUATE!
I feel so many things– it’s taken me a total of seven years to finish my undergraduate degree (I took several semester-long breaks along the way), and I went through a rigorous Great Books program with a thesis requirement. And let me tell you what a long road writing that thesis was! But I feel relieved, excited and proud of myself. I also feel a little let-down, like the morning after Christmas. I’ve defined myself as a student for my entire adult life, and a little piece of me misses that. But mostly I feel great– I finally get to sleep again! And my weekends are my own– no more scrambling to finish six books a weekend and write papers all the time. I’m also the first person in my immediate family to finish a college degree, and I’m pleased to make that accomplishment (though my little sister isn’t far behind). So all in all things are looking pretty decent at the moment, and I’m looking forward to life after college.