Did you miss the big news? I graduated yesterday!

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I’ve spent the past two years living in Ellensburg, Washington working on my masters degree and yesterday I was rewarded for all my hard work by officially being granted the title Masters. Technically, I could even add the letters after my name.

Hello, my name is Kate, M.A.

Nah, don’t worry, I won’t being doing that.

Friday, after getting two hours sleep because I was up all night writing a stupid paper and then going to an 8am exam for the same class, I had a long list of errands to deal with.

First up, cleaning my stuff out of my office. I had to drop off student papers and grab my own books. Goodbye office!

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Once the office was cleaned out, I turned my keys back into the lock shop. I no longer have access to any of the classrooms or buildings. I guess that makes this impending change just a bit more real.

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I also went and cancelled my utilities and found out the process for canceling my internet.

I’m nine days I’ll be on the road and E’burg will be a part of my past.

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Grades are done, keys are turned in, and the only thing standing in my way of freedom is this stupid letter.

I got my thesis back and I have a few formatting changes to make. I’m not surprised, but I don’t want to deal with it anymore. I wanted to get this done on Friday so graduation would mean complete freedom, but since I was so sleep deprived I decided to wait till a few days so that I wouldn’t miss anything.

So this will be Monday’s project. I’m planning to make my last trip to Starbucks and finish this beast. Then return home to tackle packing.

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Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for graduation! S and I both decided not to walk since neither of us family to watch us and it costs money! I’m happing about my decision. I think I had more fun sitting in the stands sipping iced coffee and hanging out with C, T, and S.

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Even though we didn’t walk, our names were in the program. Hooray!

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Then we got bored.

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This was T’s ideas for what we should do in place of moving our tassels… reversing our sunglasses. Hah.

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After the ceremony we all went home for a bit, before heading over to J’s for a graduation party.

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J was nice enough to let S and I take pictures wearing her robe and hood. J even hooded me. It was just as a good as participating in the real ceremony.

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Then J hooded S.

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This whole week has felt really surreal. It’s like birthdays. Technically you’re suddenly a different age over-night, but you never feel any different. So all the stress and anxiety should, in theory, be gone now that I am graduated, but I’m still feeling stressed. I don’t feel graduated either and I can’t quite process that I’m going to be moving back to Florida in nine days.

I think part of it is that I’ve been and continue to be in “go-go-go” mode. I don’t really have a long luxurious summer ahead of me, because I’m going to need to fix up my house and get everything taken care of for school. I also received my orientation schedule and I’ll be in all-day orientation for a week before classes start.

I felt this same way before I moved to Washington. I was working part-time at the bank, working part-time at the theatre and trying to prepare myself for my move. Even then I was go-go-go and I never really stopped to process all the changes happening. To be honest, being in Washington never stopped feeling surreal. I feel like a fraud with the Washington plates on my car and my Washington drivers license.

I’m hoping that once I switch everything back to Florida, am close to my family and friends again, and start classes at FSU, that everything will feel real once and for all.

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Today’s Snapshots of Summer picture:

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6.12 Despite it being a lazy-Sunday, I’m still trying to take advantage of the gym before I no longer have access to one [at least until classes resume]. Oh and guess what, there was even a guy doing the same bicep curls that I was doing and he using the same 12.5 weight too. I’m happy that I’m able to lift more weight than even a few weeks ago.


1 comment on “Rollercoaster of Surrealism”

  1. I missed this one too! Jeeeez. SUPER EXCITING. I love that dress and color. Super cute.

    Can’t wait to see you sooooon! Good luck getting everything ready to mooove. I know that process blows.

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