First Steps

This is it. My final post to this blog.

Tonight, I sat with two of my closest friends from home, telling them my last few stories of this final semester at UD: my last HTAC show, my Riot Act Senior Show, and the various (mis)adventures from the past month. One of them pointed out that this was the last set of college stories I would be catching them up on.

Four years ago I began a journey that this blog has documented. This blog holds stories about my adventures, trials, and growth during my time as a undergraduate student. Now it has come to an end, but I know that my time at UD won’t be complete until this blog is, as well. So here’s one final story:

When I was looking ahead to graduation, I didn’t expect the turning of the tassel to mean so much to me. I think that the requirements for a BA are mostly arbitrary and, after all, “graduate” is just a word; we’re still the same person before and after. But surprisingly, when the moment came to transition mine, something caught in my throat and my hand was heavy as it moved the tassel. In that moment I thought of all the explorations that have come from fulfilling those BA requirements. Everything from my time in Riot Act, to my freshman floor, all the celebrations, and the friends I found in Anthropology and HTAC. It was those things - my most cherished memories, many of which I have shared here - that had me feel the significance of that moment. And with memories like these… 

It’s time for a new adventure. With a summer job, my first paid acting gig, and not-so-distant plans to move to New York, I’m just starting to take the first few steps. To my friends, my family, and everyone else: thank you for making the past four years everything they have been. You’ve helped me discover and rediscover what it means to be catching sunrise.

So… I declare this blog - and my time as a University of Delaware student - complete.

It’s off to the next great adventure. Whether I see you in New York or somewhere else the winds may take us, keep in touch. I’ll see you in the sunrise.

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I don’t think I ever posted a picture of my graduation cap.

I don’t think I ever posted a picture of my graduation cap.

As of yesterday, I am home.

As of yesterday, I am home.

From graduation, still less than a week ago. (get ready for my last few posts to this blog)

From graduation, still less than a week ago. (get ready for my last few posts to this blog)

Catching Sunrise turned 3 today!

Catching Sunrise turned 3 today!

Graduation Ceremony #1

Honors Graduation
9:00am, about an hour from now

nredfield2:

Today the year began for me.
I’ve been back on campus for five days, but today I finally got the last of my furniture into my room, so I have officially moved in. You can see my roommates were excited about me finally getting a bed! 
I’ve had a nice little break before the semester begins, and now I’m ready to take on a very different experience of college from what I’ve had before: I’ll be taking more focused classes (I’ll share what they are in another post soon) and be seeking more specific training.
To everyone moving in tomorrow: Welcome back to campus!

…
Today I give up my bed. I’m passing it on to a friend who be using it next year. My bed was the thing that finally made me fill like I had moved in, and though the room is already much emptier (with my desk disassembled), I’m finding myself excited instead of sad.
Two days until graduation.

nredfield2:

Today the year began for me.

I’ve been back on campus for five days, but today I finally got the last of my furniture into my room, so I have officially moved in. You can see my roommates were excited about me finally getting a bed! 

I’ve had a nice little break before the semester begins, and now I’m ready to take on a very different experience of college from what I’ve had before: I’ll be taking more focused classes (I’ll share what they are in another post soon) and be seeking more specific training.

To everyone moving in tomorrow: Welcome back to campus!

Today I give up my bed. I’m passing it on to a friend who be using it next year. My bed was the thing that finally made me fill like I had moved in, and though the room is already much emptier (with my desk disassembled), I’m finding myself excited instead of sad.

Two days until graduation.

Today,

nredfield2:

I will finish my last assignment as an undergraduate. 

Meanwhile, everyone else I know at other schools has already graduated.

Okay but today for real this time.

Today,

I will finish my last assignment as an undergraduate. 

Meanwhile, everyone else I know at other schools has already graduated.

Reading under a tree outside the library on my last day of classes as an undergraduate.

Reading under a tree outside the library on my last day of classes as an undergraduate.

Posters from my first and last Riot Act shows. 

my last riot act show is tonight.

How is that possible? Has it really been four years of these shows? Playing and performing with this troupe has meant so much to me. Tonight I complete that time with one last very emotional performance. 

Come and see it if you can. 

Senior Thesis Proposal: Submitted

dollar5bill29:

Now i just have to get this form signed and turned in and I’m all ready to go. Delaware Sea Breeze Circulation - prepare to be my bitch.

Just as I submitted the final copy of my senior thesis today, so is my friend Bill submitted the proposal to begin his. 

Man. Life is crazy. It just goes in circles all the time. Every end is a new beginning; each sunset is a sunrise somewhere else. 

(Good luck Bill!!! If it was anything like mine, your experience will be at times demoralizing and outright scary, but will be utterly fulfilling in the end. Do you draft early. That is my only advice.)