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GRADUATION DAY!

MY GRADUATION DAY VLOG:
http://youtu.be/obDelrR20UM

Written May 02, 2013:  I really wish I had kept up with these WordPress posts regarding my graduation.  I have forgotten now how exactly graduation day played out; but I know that it was really exciting. 🙂  I’m glad, however, that I made these vlogs.  Otherwise the day might have been lost forever since I seem to remember very little.

It’s now almost a year since I graduated, which is rather odd to think about.  Perhaps since I’ve done very little since then I feel like it just happened.  But at the same time I realize that it had been quite a while since I miss Laura, Greg, Pauli, and Una so freaking much.  It feels like it has been 5 years since I have seen then.  I have a weird relationship with time it seems.

Now my life is so different from the day in the vlog.  Less exciting.  Less remarkable.  Less social.  Sometimes I just wish I could go back.  The vlogs help a little with making me feel transported back there/then.

Much Love to Una, Laura, Pauli, and Greg, (and Mary).
E

G-1: Graduation Minus 1 Day

VLOG:

http://youtu.be/9svA1JluGWg

G-2: Graduation Minus 2 Days

VLOG FROM THAT DAY:

http://youtu.be/mJ6HVP_GaIQ

G-3: Graduation Minus 3 Days

MY VLOG FROM THAT DAY:

http://youtu.be/9v78WP7BqzU

G-4: Graduation Minus 4 Days

BAM. Finished my thesis! WHhoooo!

I wish I would have had about an extra week to finalize it, but I probably would have procrastinated just the same.

I didn’t have the energy this morning to wake up and work on my final thesis chapter, so I ended up sleeping until 11:00.  But seeing as I went to bed at 03:00, it wasn’t quite oversleeping. 

What is rather lame about going to school here is that during finals week, those of us who have jobs through the school still have to go to our jobs.  So we have to juggle work, school, and thesis.  Real life learning and such.  At 12:00 I went to my job at reception, and quickly got all my tasks done so that I could spend the rest of the hour quickly finishing my thesis.

It was finally completed today at 13:30, and I bound it and turned it in to my three professors.  I didn’t have much time to feel relieved since immediately afterwards I had to sit at the finals tables once again.  At 15:00 there was no more food to give away and I left.  After once again breaking into LDV to return the stuff, I went home.

Only to find an email in my inbox from my professor saying that the title page and the contents page needed reformatting in order to be to standards.  I scurried around both campuses grabbing the faulty thesis, printing the new pages, binding it once again, and then running to give it back to the professor.  I finally got home around 18:30 and now I am allowed to just chill.  I’ve been watching episodes of IQ; just relishing the fact that I have no more thesis to write.

MY VLOG FROM THAT DAY:

G-5: Graduation Minus 5 Days

My plan of getting work done in the early morning failed miserably as I peacefully overslept until 08:00.  I managed to wake up and write a paragraph or two, and then left for my library shift at 10:00.  I tried to work during my shift as will but sadly not much was done.  Why can’t I just be done already?!

After my library shift, I had to go to my Reception shift at 12:00.  It hasn’t been hard to juggle work with school until now.  I just felt like I didn’t have time or the energy to deal with work when all I could think about was my thesis.  It didn’t help matters when at 13:30 I had to run over to the other campus to sit and guard the Finals tables.  (Finals tables are tables with free snacks sponsored by Student Government Association, of which I am a member.  My job was basically to sit at the table in order to make people feel too embarrassed to take all the snacks.  Kinda ridiculous.)  I sat at the table and worked on my damn thesis some more.  I was supposed to turn it in today, but that didn’t happen.  It will tomorrow though.

At 15:30 I packed up the tables, and then headed over to LDV were I was supposed ot drop off the stuff.  I haven’t been in LDV for four years, and it was odd to be back there.  I even had to break in through the common room like I used to freshman year.  I felt an odd sense of nostalgia being there, and even went to see the door to my old dormroom. 304.  I noticed in the entry way that they still had the rocks that we had painted during one of our first dorm events.  While it was kinds of stupid, it was cool to see that they were still there.  I had completely forgotten what I had painted, and it took me a while to recognize my rock, but it’s still there which made me feel important for some reason.

I creeped around LDV a little bit more and then headed over to the library to get some work done.  I worked until about 19:15 and then went home.  At 19:45 I had to go help out set up and run another SGA event.  It was an evening breakfast event, and we had to set up and start making the pancakes.  The event was a little chaotic due to a lack of planning and direction.  But the good thing is that I don’t think anyone noticed, and people seemed very pleased.  We invited three professors and the president to come and cook for the students.  It was entertaining and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  Except maybe for those of us running it, since we were running around frantically, and in the end we didn’t really get anything to eat.  Oh well.  At least the student body was happy.

I just got back from the breakfast clean up and it’s already really late.  Must work on thesisssssss.  Must finish the stupid thing!

G-10: Graduation Minus 10 Days

So, finally it has started.  The final countdown.  Only 10 more days until I finished my undergraduate degree and graduate with a BA in International Relations.  It also means that I leave Sorengo, Switzerland: my home for the past four years.  So I want to document these last ten days of my undergraduate life.

Today was Thursday.  Unfortunately, I had stayed up quiet late to write some more on my thesis, so I overslept and missed my first class.  It was US Foreign Policy.  But I woke up in time to make it to my 11:30 French Translation class with Pauli and Greg.  The class wasn’t particularly interesting, since we had just turned in our final paper, so there wasn’t much to do.

From 12:45 to 14:30 I stayed in the library and worked some more on my thesis chapter.  Then I headed to Global History.  The professor wrapped up the class pretty nicely, and with that I was done with history classes for life.  Apart from the final which is on Monday, but I’m not counting that.  Class ended at 15:45 and I come home to Airone.

Today was a very sunny and hot day in Lugano.  After a week of rain, thunder, and hail I just hope that the weather holds out until the 20th.  That’s all that matters to be at this point.  Sadly, I couldn’t enjoy the weather too much, since I had to hurry home and write more.  I’m kinda behind in my thesis.  I’m supposed to turn in the penultimate copy tomorrow, but I don’t think it is going to happen.  This chapter on human rights theory was a lot more difficult to tackle than I imagined.  But I think I’ll finished it by tonight.  After which the rest of it will be remarkably easier to write.  Not much left now!