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Today was a very big and exciting day.  I am officially graduated from the University of Rochester.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics.  That sounds really impressive, right?

I was so happy to have my family here, and Daniel was amazing.

We arrived on campus shortly after 7:30am.  I escorted my brother, sister, and Daniel to the Eastman Quadrangle so that they could find seats.  Then I wandered over to Todd Union, since that is where the procession would line up before walking to the Eastman Quad.  It was rainy and cold all day.  And before you ask: No, there were no tents and they did not move it inside.  It did not get out of the 40s all day today, so I sat in the front row shivering while everyone gave their speeches.  I must admit, I really liked Class President JJ’s speech.  I thought it was funny and totally appropriate for the group to which he was speaking.

After the Commencement Ceremony, we had a solid two hours before my degree would be conferred to me in the departmental ceremony.  So I met my friends in Rush Rhees and we all took pictures together.  It was good to do this before everyone left to go to their department ceremonies.  I’m glad I got to see everyone one last time.

My family and I relaxed in Gleason Library, until 12:30pm when I had to leave for the Palestra to line up for the Biology department’s ceremony.   My aunt and uncle decided to attend this ceremony, but skipped this morning’s speeches.  Considering the weather, this was a very good decision.  They handed us sheets with a short message that each of us had to write and send in ahead of time, thanking our families, professors, friends, etc., along with information about our future plans.  The best response I heard was from a girl that said her future plans included “getting down to business to defeat the Huns”.  That’s a Mulan reference, in case you missed it.

After I got my degree, we headed back to the apartment, where there was cheese, grapes, crostinis, cookies, and champagne for a little snack before my family had to leave.  It was so great to see everybody.

It feels good to be done, but I’m going to miss it.  What a bittersweet time it is for all college graduates.  Congratulations to the Class of 2011.  I hope everyone has savored these last few moments of undergrad.



Graduation Preparation

Today was my last day in the Graduate Medical Education Office at the Medical Center.  What a strange feeling it is, leaving that place after two years.

Most of today has been filled with graduation preparation.  And it’s the little things that you don’t really think about, like getting a haircut and running to Wegman’s at 9pm to get cheese and baguettes for snacks after the ceremony on Sunday.  Also, I needed to buy a bottle of champagne.  My mother means well, but she bought a bottle of Cook’s, which is notoriously some of the cheapest and worst sparkling wine you can buy.  It’s what they served today at the Senior Toast.  (On a side note:  Thanks, U of R, for letting the champagne sit out in the sun, so that when we finally got around to the toast, it was all nice and warm for us.  Champagne is supposed to be served warm, right?)

Speaking of which, I got a little mention in the Senior Toast.  Sort of.  They threw in something about “And who could forget Bring Your Shovel to School Day”.  Some may remember that I created this Facebook event after the University sent out a e-letter right before a huge snowstorm informing people that they should take proper precaution when walking around campus, like bringing shovels, using handrails, etc.  The event went viral and got thousands of attendees in just a few hours.  It was nuts, but very cool.  The power of the internet…and Facebook.  We united over our bitterness towards the University for their poor sidewalk maintenance in the winter and their even worse habit of not canceling classes during dangerous weather.  Thanks Senior Class Council!

Setting up for Commencement

I definitely made these people uncomfortable with my photo-taking.

Dress Shopping

My mother is visiting for the weekend.  We went dress shopping for graduation this afternoon.  I’m wearing white.  Wish me luck.  We made the short trek out to Eastview.  After searching a number of stores, we determined that JCPenney had the best selection.  I’m excited to wear it, I think it looks amazing.  I won’t show pictures of me in it now, you can wait to see those when I don it for the graduation ceremony.

Speaking of Don…we visited my cousin Kasey while we were near Fairport.  I haven’t seen in her in years, probably since before my grandmother died during my freshman year of college.  Since then, she has had four children, three boys and one girl.  It is crazy in her house, but she keeps popping them out; the latest is just 8 months old.  My Uncle Donnie (see what I did there?) and Aunt Pat were also visiting, but were on their way to church, so we only caught them for a few minutes.  I’m so happy that they’ve decided to attend my graduation.

After shopping, my mother and I returned to the apartment, and Daniel made some amazing shrimp and grits for dinner.  We also had some champagne to celebrate.  Then we played Settlers of Catan (I won), and watched Moonstruck.

All in all, it’s been a good day.  I’m happy with my dress and it’s wonderful to have my mother here.

Tulips...or Fire Flowers?

My Last Dandelion Day.

Yesterday I described a little bit about this year’s Dandelion Day.  Here, I will recount my experience attending D. Day.  Daniel decided not to attend the festivities this year.

I woke up around 10am.  Compared to most, this is very late for Dandelion Day.  Take my friends for example.  I met up with them just after 11am.  They had already started drinking around 9am, and in fact one of them had already vomited once.  So I was starting a bit late.  I arrived in their suite and opened my bottle of Chardonnay.  I had brought a glass to use, but Jenab quickly convinced me to just drink it out of the bottle, as she was doing with her pink “champagne”.  There were only five of us there at that time:  Me, Jenab, Ryan, Matt, and Lisa.  We were all sitting around watching Friends (which someone had on dvd).  Friends is not a funny show.  It only became mildly funny when I was 1/4 of the way finished with my bottle of wine.  That kind of show is just not my cup of tea.  But it was fine.  At one point, Lisa, Ryan, and Matt had all fallen asleep, and Jenab and I were left to make awkward glances at each other.  This was all well before 1pm.  After a bit more wine, a mimosa, and an unsuccessful search for other people to come hang with us, we finally headed over to campus to watch Super Mash Brothers.  DJ Alykhan was just finishing his set when a scrawny white guy walks out onto the stage.  Turns out only one of the Super Mash Brothers actually showed up to “perform”.  So this was even more pathetic than the video I showed yesterday.

The music was awful.  At one point he was playing a mash-up of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” and Fergie’s “London Bridge”.  Trust me when I say it wasn’t the alcohol that was making me feel sick.

After some wandering around, watching Lisa get an airbrushed tattoo, and a few trips to the bathroom, I went back to the Riverview suite with Jenab and Ryan.  They were planning on taking a nap, and I decided to just grab my bag and hit the road.

I got home just before 5pm.  Daniel and I decided to go to the comic store to play some games with Matt.  He was a bit surprised to see us, since he assumed we would be passed out on our backs from all of the drinking.  We ended up playing Settlers of Catan (Daniel won), Poker (I won), and Killer Bunnies (I won).

I hope everyone had a wonderful Dandelion Day.  I know I did.

Photo Credit: Chris Dwight

Above: Super Mash Brother.  I just don’t even understand why he would need an entire stage for this.

Who voted for the president?

Since I began my Take 5 year, I was moved from the Class of 2010 to the Class of 2011.  So, naturally, I’ve received all of the e-mails from the 2011 Class President.  This would be really awesome, except that his closing remark is always the worst part of my day.

Take the most recent e-mail he sent, on March 21.  It was to remind us of the upcoming Senior Night on Thursday at ONE.  It was also to inform us of the graduation fair taking place at the University of Rochester’s bookstore on Friday.  This is all good information to know and I’m thrilled that I have President JJ to remind me of these things.

But I get pretty annoyed when he ends with things like this:

Lady Gaga for Graduation Speaker,

I’ve decided to feature the Top 10 most annoying closing remarks from JJ.  And these are just from spring semester so far.

10.  See ya Thursday wearing green,
PS: 9 weeks till graduation. FML

I love his constant reminders that graduation is rapidly approaching, and it’s not necessarily a good thing.

9.  With Patron on the rocks,

8.  Find me tonight for ‘tron shots. We’re gunna party like it’s my birthday…cause it’s about to be!
See ya tonight,

The guy obviously loves his Patron.

7.  Flow colder than February with extraordinary swag,

I’m going to be honest:  I have no idea what this means.

6.  Runnin’ this town just like a club,

No we’re not, and neither is he.

5.  We pop Champagne ’cause we got that dough,

I’m assuming this is a lyric from some crap-hop song that was hot for 2 seconds.  Because, I assure you, we do not “got that dough” for Champagne.  Maybe I’ve been missing out on some seriously awesome senior events, but I have yet to see any Champagne.

4.  Lady Gaga for Graduation Speaker,

No.  What would she have to say?

3.  Seniors 2011: Hawt, Popular, & Rich since Orientation 2007

I don’t even think he actually knows how to spell “hot” without and a-w.  On his facebook page, under Employers he lists “Life!: Being Hawt & Popular”.  That’s not even funny.  But he tries; oh, how he tries.

2.  I love college,
Mad props to our class social chairs, along with the rest of our class council,  for making the first two senior nights of the semester some great times! Our bar nights have been incredibly successful with huge turn outs and we encourage even more seniors to come out and join the fun.

Did he just say “mad props”?  Really?  I thought you only said that sort of thing if you were consciously trying to sound like a moron.

My favorite was this one:

1.  ‎96 days to find a job,
PS: Spring Break 2011 is 3.5 weeks away…here’s the UR Gym Schedule:
…Mon-Thurs: 6:30AM-11PM
Fri: 6:30AM-8PM
Sat: 8AM-8PM
Sun: 8AM-11PM

I’m actually insulted.
I don’t know who decided the most obnoxious member of the class of 2011 should be their president, but I’m really disliking everyone that voted for this guy.  I don’t really mean to rip on J.J. so badly.  It’s just that Rochester was recently plunged back into the middle of winter.  This has made a lot of us very unhappy.

This was taken this afternoon, around 5pm.

It had been snowing since this morning, when I woke up.  So despite the fact that it was March 23 and spring has (theoretically) started, we had a sizable storm today.