Monday, May 17, 2010

if I had blogged five years ago...

I just graduated from college, woo! The events leading up to the final graduation ceremony were exhausting. 

The final newspaper edition followed by long, deep sobs in the editor's office. They were tears of sadness at leaving behind four years of hard work, fun and passion. But they were also tears of anger and disappointment at the way this place let me down by instilling idealistic yet completely unrealistic notions of journalism.


And then there was the post-production party, the pub crawl, the graduation parties with the kegs and the graduation parties with the great-grandmas. There was the display of articles, awards, certificates and press passes. And the congratulations cake of me marrying the First Amendment because at this point in my life, it's my greatest marriage prospect.


Then the graduation ceremony at the exact same arena where I graduated high school. But this time I was surviving on four hours of sleep and running a fever of 101, later to determined as a bad case of strep throat. I sat there in the aisle in a sweaty robe feeling dizzy and nauseated by the odor of my classmates, whose scent indicated they did a few jager bombs before affixing their cap. But all this was forgotten when I accepted my diploma from my very own father. 

My sent e-mail folder from this time is filled with job applications, job advice, and clear confusion of whether I wanted to work on Capitol Hill or in a newsroom. 

All was forgotten, though, when I hopped on a plane to Brazil the next day. Doped up with antibiotics and hallucination-inducing malaria medication (true story), I left the job search, the pub crawls, the 1 a.m. newspaper deadlines, the 4-hour/night sleep schedule, the papers, the finals, and the friendships behind.

3 comments:

  1. Sarah! Thank you SO much for stopping by and following Life of Meg - always happy to have you! And welcome to beautiful Kansas City! I'm with you, girl, the City Market is amazing!

    Please let me know if you need any KC help, tips or advice - I'd be happy to share what I learned!

    PS- adorable blog! Love the colors... FOLLOWING! :)

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  2. OH! (Hello, Meg... stop being rude!)

    Congrats on your graduation - it's such a BIG accomplishment!! :)

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  3. what a great feeling you had when graduation, right?? too bad, I had a fight with my bf on the day. =(
    but I still got the euphoria though.. =9
    Love the cake.. it was sooo cute!! marrying amandment? lol

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