Graduation + Summer Plans

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Last week, I graduated with a degree in music from BYU.  It was a great experience.  Typically, I don’t care about ceremonies of these kind, especially since the majority of my family wouldn’t be there (We’re spread across California, Utah, Germany, & Ukraine).  I decided to do it for my grandma’s sake (it’s very important to her).

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As the event approached and I got my garb ready, I started doing it more for me than for anyone else.  Participating in this commencement and convocation became more important to me.  I’ve just finished a college degree.  Less than 1% of the world’s population has a college degree.  I’ve worked hard for this and accomplished something remarkable.  I’ve achieved fewer things greater than this.  Of course I wouldn’t have been able to do it without a huge amount of help along the way, namely from my awesome family.  I saw it as more important for me now.  Closure.  Catharsis.  I don’t know how to explain it more than that.

After graduation I took a trip down to Mexico with my roommates and other friends graduating.  We went down to a friend’s beach house near Puerto Peñasco.  It was awesome.  I left the laptop at home, the mobile phone in the car and just sat on the beach.  Four days of escape.

Next, I’ll be traveling to London for a study abroad in english choral music (we’ll see if we can make a quick trip to Ireland while I’m there).  Then I’ll be traveling to Gießen, Germany to visit my sister and her family.  Finally, I’ll be in Ukraine to visit my parents.  Who knows what else might pop up.

I’ll be back in Utah by July, where I’ll have nothing to do until starting the Masters program in September.  I’ll take my laptop on these trips and be blogging about them as I go.  Should be fun!

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