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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Graduated

Monday, December 12th I got home from work and walked into my kitchen to find a perfect little blue box on the counter. I read the letter next to it and it talked about how my education would be a key to my future. Of course I opened the box as quickly as I could to find the prettiest Tiffany's key inside. Colby had bought me the sweetest graduation present and that night I took my last three college finals!

College has been an amazing experience over the past four years. I started working towards my degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Utah State has such a fun campus and I loved my time there. I made so many great relationships and memories with roommates and classmates. I needed a few credits to finish my associates so I finished as Weber State while deciding where I wanted to get my bachelors from. As time went on I thought the University of Utah would be the best program for me. I registered for classes and was about to start the semester when everything seemed to turn upside down. Nothing seemed to be fitting together for me and I was questioning what  I really wanted to do. I was so frustrated and took a semester off to figure it out.

 I love to cook and I started talking with my mom about a culinary program. Utah Valley University has a great program and I came up with the plan of opening a bakery/gift shop. I again registered for classes and went through the process of getting ready for the semester when I got a phone call from Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller is the head of the hospitality department at UVU. He asked me why I was going into the culinary program and I explained my plan. He basically told me that what I was doing was not going to get me where I wanted to go. We soon got onto the topic of events and how I wanted to cater for events, but mainly just plan them. We talked for a long time about my future and about how I could major in hospitality studying events and the many aspects of them! I was thrilled and it seemed like everything was finally falling into place.

I spent the past two years at Utah Valley and ended up becoming the student department head for the hospitality program. Dr. Miller and I spoke a lot about events and during my last semester the events program was opened to UVU students.

As I started my last final this week I couldn't help but cry. I have felt so guided and so cared for throughout my college experience. It's hard to believe you will ever finish college. I have always felt like college was this huge end goal for me and I have realized it is only the beginning.
I'm so excited for the future and know there is a world full of opportunities.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life"
-Steve Jobs

I wrote the above post in December but am now posting my story because I have walked at graduation and have a picture as proof :) My dad told me that if I didn't walk at graduation I would have nightmares of never graduating. He seems to have this nightmare of never finishing college because he didn't walk. I'm hoping now that I have walked I won't have the nightmare he claims to have :)












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