Graduation!

It’s official, I’m a college graduate!

 

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After 5 long years of studying, I now have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

 

I actually had no idea what I wanted to wear under my cap and gown, so Friday night I tested a few things out.

 

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I knew it would be a boring ceremony, and I joked I was going to hide Mark under my gown for some company.

 

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The ceremony didn’t start until 2:00pm, which left me plenty of time to run, shower, eat, take my sweet time getting ready, and take pictures. I was so excited about graduating that I woke up before it was fully light out, and got in a 5.0 mile run. I finished in 48:56! It was hot out, but my spirits were high and there was no stopping me.

 

We headed to Panera Bread for an early lunch/late breakfast around 10:45am. I tried the new Strawberry Poppyseed Salad which was amazingly refreshing on a super hot day! I also had half a Smokehouse Turkey sandwich with cheese, turkey, and bacon (not healthy but soooo yummy.)

 

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My mom drove down on Friday from North Carolina to see me graduate! It has been so nice having her in town!

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After lunch, we headed to campus to shoot some pictures. It’s kind of a tradition that people take pictures in front of the main fountain, but there was a LINE! I decided it would be more appropriate to take them in front of the engineering buildings since they were pretty much my home-away-from-home for the past 5 years.

 

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Here are some of my faves:

 

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Class of 2010!

 

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I took a few artsy ones as well:

 

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The ceremony began at 2:00 pm and lasted two hours. They had several other colleges, not just engineering, graduating and it seemed like the ceremony took forever!

 

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My mom tried to get a photo me in the crowd…

 

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Once the ceremony let out, it was POURING rain. Nobody could leave or move anywhere because there were bad lightning storms all around us. Everyone kind of stood in a mob for about 20 minutes until it cleared.

 

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Then, it was time for more pictures!

 

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I’m DONE! For real! 

 

Time to celebrate! 😀

 

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Thanks to my family and friends for coming to see me walk! My dad and stepmom took other pictures but I didn’t get them yet, but they were there!!

 

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Memories and Mistakes

Graduation: It’s starting to feel real!

 

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I now officially have my cap and gown!

 

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Class of 2010. I can’t believe this is actually happening!

 

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Five years ago, I had no idea where I would be today. I came to college so clueless about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. All I wanted to do was have fun and hangout with my friends. Oh yes, and of course stall myself from going into the “real world.”

 

Four years ago, I changed my major to Civil Engineering. I was stuck on one of Orlando’s many horribly designed roads, and told my friends who were in my car at the time, “I want to fix this!” I finally had some sort of direction!

 

Three years ago, I picked up a minor in Business Administration. I fell in love with running and then with a boy. I learned to be independent (financially) from my parents, and started taking my core engineering classes. It was a tough year, but probably one of my best ones at the same time.

 

Two years ago, I thought I had it all figured out. I had a great internship, an awesome boyfriend, was doing well in school, travelling to places like Hawaii (for school), and racing like crazy! I pictured moving to DC with my then-boyfriend and finding some awesome job and living happily ever after with my awesome life.

 

Somewhere between now and two years ago, a lot has changed. I started a blog, quit my internship, and some dreams changed. In a way, I feel like I am back at square one, but I am not the same person as I was five years ago. I am strong and independent. I am much better equipped to tackle the world than I ever could have been back then.

I’ve been feeling a little lost as to the direction of my life. I thought that by the time I graduated college I would have it all figured out, I suppose. I learned a lot about life, love, and calculus in college. I feel scared and excited to start a new chapter of my life, even though I’m not sure what will be written on it’s pages.

 

I have no idea where I will be in another five years, but I am learning to be okay with that. My type-A personality would love to know the exact course to take to happiness, but life doesn’t work like that. It would be so boring if we had no choices to make!

 

Life Lesson Learned: I will not be afraid to make mistakes.

 

Enough heavy stuff for one morning.

 

On to breakfast!

 

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It’s been far too long since I made myself an omelet. I changed that today.

 

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I whisked together two egg whites and one whole egg in a mug with some salt and pepper. I poured it into a pre-heated pan, and then stuffed it with spinach and cheddar cheese.

 

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Breakfast is never complete without some sort of carb in my opinion. That is where my whole grain English muffin came in.

 

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I’m off to do some MAJOR cleaning, laundry, and packing!

 

What was the most important lesson you have ever learned?

 

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Welcoming Change

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s about to get crazy!

 

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Well, at least it will be for me. August is going to be a CRAZY month for me! Here’s a basic rundown:

 

  • August 2: Dad’s 50th Birthday
  • August 4: Mom’s 50th Birthday
  • August 6: Mom comes into Orlando to visit
  • August 7: Graduation from UCF!
  • August 8-9: Beach with Family
  • August 10-12: Charlotte, NC to visit Caitlin 
  • August 12-16: Healthy Living Summit in Chicago
  • August 20: My apartment lease ends/move out
  • August 20-22: BFF Debbie’s Bachelorette weekend

 

Whew. It’s going to be a BLAST!

 

You may be wondering where I am moving. My lease ends in 18 days, and while I have 4 part-time jobs, two of them are ending mid-September. With little money saved and without a secure job or any real reason to stay in Orlando (other than a small handful of friends) the best thing for me to do at this point is to move in with my family.

 

I am going to be temporarily staying with my co-worker (approximately a month) while I finish out my contract at my job and then I will be moving to North Carolina with my mom and sister. I plan on keeping my freelance engineering gig and increase the amount that I have been blogging.

 

Honestly, I am very excited about my decision. I have been working and studying non-stop from the moment I arrived at college 5 years ago. It will be nice to spend some time with my family, not pay rent for a few months, and focus on looking for a job! I am going to be looking for jobs in a bunch of different areas of the country, and probably travelling some.

 

I’m also excited for a new running environment, and seasons!

 

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Even if it takes a few months, I think that I will be happiest in the long run by taking some time to really figure out where I need to be. I have never lived anywhere other than Florida, and I am welcoming the change with open arms!

 

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I can’t wait to see where life takes me!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Five Minutes

I think it’s safe to say that my life plans change every five minutes or so.

 

One minute, I think I have things all figured out. Then five minutes later, a new opportunity presents itself, and another door is closed. My life is a bit all over the place right now as I’m currently throwing around the some ideas:

 

  • Should I stay in Orlando?
  • If so… I need roommates. Living alone is $$$$$$$$$$$$.
  • Should I go to graduate school? ($$$$)
  • If so, how can I afford it? ($$$$)
  • If not… can I find a job?
  • Where is this job going to be?
  • Should I move back to Tampa with my dad?
  • Should I move to NC with my mom?
  • Blah, blah… you get the idea.

 

Too bad everything revolves around $$$ or my choices would be much easier.

 

I’m trying to be as flexible as possible since everything is so un-planned right now. I have a back-up plan, but I’m waiting for my “plan A” to unfold. Does that make any sense?

 

I’ve been on a salad kick lately, I think it has something to do with my desire to stuff as many fruits and vegetables into my body as it will allow. I have been feeling a little down about this whole, “my-life-is-so-unstable” thing — maintaining my healthy habits provides some sort of normalcy.

 

My newest favorite: The Five minute salad.

 

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I call it this because even if I change my mind every five minutes, there is something in this salad that will appeal to me at all times.

 

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It includes:

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • leftover chicken
  • leftover Trader Joes’s Grain Blend
  • corn
  • snap peas
  • broccoli
  • red pepper
  • carrots

 

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No salad is complete without amazing dressing. That is why Trader Joe’s Tuscan Italian makes its way onto almost every salad. Unless I use the beloved poppy seed. Sorry Poppy, Tuscan Italian won this battle.

 

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There are so many ways to make a salad, and usually it always turns out well! I’m kind of feeling that way about life right now. I have so many choices, and they all seem so great!

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one graduating “without a plan.” I know this cannot possibly be the case.

 

❤ MegaNerd