Graduation Part III05.15.2013
I wanted to write a whole separate blog about the biology department dinner because it was sooooo extremely enjoyable. The other receptions Friday were nice, but the biology dinner was so much smaller and I am a lot closer to the biology department.
The biology department dinner was in the Boesch Lounge of the arena, and it was catered by KU catering (I think). I of course was running late to the dinner because the education reception, but I got lucky enough to sit with one of my best friends, Elizabeth! Elizabeth lived across the hall from me in Stuart, she was my neighbor in VWK, and we have been really good friends all the way through college. Anyways, over these four years, she and I have been through a lot together: late night chemistry melt-downs, exciting accomplishments, basketball games, etc. It was neat to have dinner with her and her family because she started at UD with me and now she ended with me. Anyway during the dinner, they presented various awards, which were a total surprise to all of us. I actually got an award for ecology research.
After all of the awards and dinner, we all just hung out, took pictures, swapped stories, and planned futures until about 10:00. I can't even describe how nice it was to sit and talk with so many of my beloved friends and professors to conclude my career at UD. I talked with my advisor, Dr. Tom Williams, who I attribute to helping me push myself to take on course loads that I never thought I could do. For instance, my first semester at UD I was taking calculus II, and I didn't think I could do it, but he convinced me to stick it out, and I ended up getting an A. I also talked with one of my favorite professors ever, Dr. Albert Burky, who taught my invertebrate zoology class. I talked with my research advisor and another favorite professor, Dr. Ryan McEwan, about how we can continue to collaborate in the future. He told me, "I think this is just the beginning." I talked with my professor from my "introduction to the university" class, Dr. Jayne Robinson. I went and talked to Dr. Robinson at the end of class in the fall of 2009 about my desire to teach high school science, and she took me to her office and got me hooked up with all the right people and information to add the education degree. I am probably leaving somebody out, but I absolutely loved all of the professors I had for biology. In all honesty, I loved every professor I had at UD except for two, who were just not my favorite. It was hard to say goodbye, but it is really not goodbye because all of my professors said we should keep in touch.
So besides seeing all of my favorite professors, I had a chance to spend time with a lot of my best friends. It was so weird to look around the room and see so many people that I started with in the fall of 2009 as a biology major and to see that we had all made it and had future plans. Out of my social circle, very few people changed their major but most people added a major or minor.
After the delightful dinner, I headed home to my house to let the day soak in. I had the receptions from 3:00 until 10:00, and before those began, I dropped off various letters to those who had an impact on my life and said more goodbyes. By the time I got home, I had gone from laughing to crying on and off all day, so I was pretty wore out. I spent the rest of the night sitting in my backyard hanging out with my roommates and their families.