Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Goodbye, student status

I'm graduating this week from BYU. It is pretty unreal. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with myself after I no longer have school that so heavily influences my life. I have 3 more finals left (I've always been great at procrastinating) and then a bunch of ceremonies, a geeky-looking outfit, probably some pictures so we can reminisce later, and a dinner at my parents' house to celebrate. Then - it'll all be over.

And I'll no longer be a student.

Part of me is elated! But part of me is frantic. I feel like I'm losing my identity - like someone is tearing it away from me. I picture that someone as an evil green ogre with long fingernails and lots of warts. I guess I just need to remember that I'm the one that applied for graduation in April, after all. And, if I feel like I've lost part of my identity, maybe that's just a sign that it's time for me to discover a different part of my identity that has been in the shadow of the "student" identity for the past sixteen years.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Little Things

Lately I have been especially grateful for little things in my life. These include:

- The overhead light in a car that turns on when you open the door
- The satisfaction of conserving paper by using no more than one-fourth a sheet of lined paper for in-class quizzes (ha ha I'm so stingy)
- Milk that lasts long past the sell-by date (thank you Costco milk!!)
- Functional windshield wipers
- I'm not anemic. Story: When I gave blood I was worried that I'd be anemic because we hadn't eaten red meat in weeks, and I never eat raisins, I'm a girl, my sisters and mom get turned away for low iron, etc... The good news is that I'm not anemic. How? Thanks to Dad and the huge bag of spinach he gave to us.
- Functioning computers
- An old journal entry I forgot about
- BYU Info
- Telling others you are praying for them
- Space heaters that turn on when you tell them to
- Zippers that zip
- The silverware organizer that my Aunt Carolyn gave us
- A mouse for the laptop
- Being a conscientious citizen
- Boots that double as snow scrapers during random snow storms
- Batteries that last longer than they should (just one more picture! and another! and another?!...)
- Text messaging
- A mechanical pencil I found on the ground
- I haven't lost my BYU ID card all semester!!!
- Homemade (not by me) pizza for breakfast
- The grass turning green
- [This is a big thing but I am really grateful for:] A caring husband who loves and supports me so much.