Should I post? I think I’m technically no longer a student…
Hey Gloggies! Hope summer’s treating ya’ll well!
It’s been over a week since commencement and the infoserver tells me I’m an alumni, but I still haven’t come up with a good farewell glog post. I’m not sure if people still even check the Glog, but I feel like this post is the last outstanding thing I have left at Gould so I figured I’d give it a shot!
Going into the final week, I was certain I was going to break down and cry at some point. I kept waiting for it to happen. I knew it would strike when I least expected it and least wanted it to. My friends and I talked about this impending moment. I sat at Bacalaureate and wondered, ‘will Jack’s speech make me cry?’ ‘What about Holly’s?’. And then, the next day as I sat under the tent at Graduation, I wondered the
same. Instead, I was fixated on how surreal the moment was and how well put together the entire ceremony was. Xiaolu’s speech was amazing. Pratt’s speech was amazing. Richard Blanco’s speech was also amazing. Sure the ceremony was probably boring to some of the underclassmen, but walking out onto the field afterward I was thinking that it was a pretty great way to wrap it all up.
The waterworks made an unexpected appearance when Southam hugged me. I didn’t expect to cry but the tears sprung up for some unexplainable reason. Okay, it’s pretty explainable… Anyways, for the next hour I was on the verge of a crying but I think I held it together pretty well. Even as I hugged my classmates who would go on to fly away from Gould within the next 24 hours, no tears rolled down my face. I never reached the point I thought I would earlier in the week. I never really lost it.
Now, it’s not to say I’m not going to miss Gould or that I don’t appreciate my Gould experience.
I’m in between the last day of my senior year and the first day of my freshmen orientation. And, I only feel excitement. I have no Gould regrets. There are some things I could’ve done better, sure, but in the end I wouldn’t go back and change a thing. And I’ll miss my classmates, but I’m confident I’ll see them all again. We’ve made some pretty strong connections this year. And, living in Bethel, I’ll never really get away from Gould. But, even when I’m not in Bethel, there’s plenty of Gould that I’ll carry with me. Next year at UVM, I’ve got the “Burlington crew”, as we’ve dubbed ourselves, consisting of Jack (St. Mike’s) and Hattie (Champlain).
I graduated and have left the school I’ve spent 10+ hours a day at for the last 4 years and I’ll miss it, but I’m prepared for this next step and I feel ready to go. I have so much to be thankful for here at Gould, I couldn’t even begin to mention it all and I am unbelievable grateful to have had the four years I did. I’ll bring my Gould experiences with me wherever I go. For now I’m only looking forward!
A final apology for my late Glog posts all year long and thanks for listening!