One week ago today, I was lining up outside of the Patriot Center (or Eagle Bank Arena…?!) getting ready to walk across STAGE to be handed a little piece of paper that represented three and a half years of late nights cram sessions, loads of homework, and plenty of final exam days. My college experience was not a traditional one. I lived on campus my freshman year and then moved back home to save money by commuting (which I don’t regret at all). But most of my college years revolved around building a business at home, working part-time, and trying to get good grades while doing so. By the grace of God I still had friends by the time graduation rolled around! Haha!! I’m so thankful to have been a part of the Honors College community at George Mason during my undergrad career, and SO glad I lived on campus my freshman year. I would have never met the people I did and developed relationships with them. I technically graduated in December, and I didn’t think I was going to get to walk because I booked a wedding on commencement day, but I was so happy when I found out that you don’t actually walk at commencement, you walk at your school’s convocation! And the School of Business had theirs on a Friday!! Woo hoo! I will never forget walking up to stage with Dana and seeing my family in the stands cheering for me among 5,000 other people. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience… and I don’t know if I’ll ever graduate with another degree! So I’m so glad I did this and experienced graduation for all its meant to be! :)

The week started off with going to Tessa’s graduation on Thursday and then the Honors College reception afterwards!

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In case you didn’t know, Tessa is my maid of honor! I grew up with her and we were roommates freshman year. I cried when she walked across stage! I’m sure our parents were thinking, “wasn’t it just yesterday that it was kindergarten graduation for these girls?!”

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On Friday morning, I attended an awards ceremony for the School of Business. I was awarded the Excellence in Major achievement for maintaining a GPA within the top 10% of my graduating class.

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There was a reception after that too, so basically I had my fill of lemon tarts and eggrolls over the course of these two days. Haha.

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Graduation time!!! Can you spot me and Dana?!

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How about now?!? Lol!

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Walking up to stage…

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Yayyyy!!!!

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We met for photos at the pond afterwards, and I hope this isn’t the last time I get to be on this campus in front of Mason Pond. I can’t believe how fast college went by…!

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I’ve been banned from “the hand” …

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Then things just started getting silly.

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In front of the seal!

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And of course, the Mason statue grad pics couldn’t be passed up… worth the wait in the line!

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I think my dad was just as excited as I was…

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This is a line from a Taylor Swift song (duh) and I think it sums up my college experience pretty well… :)

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