It comes right in on time.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Saturday marked the last day of my graduate school career. I have been waiting for this day for what feels like forever and, I've got to tell you, it was just as emotional, amazing and exhausting as the whole journey has been. (At some point, I may want to write an ode to my education, because it is not lost on me how very fortunate I am to have had the unique undergraduate and graduate schooling I have, but let's save that possibility for a post down the road and relish in the moment that I'm finally done!)

One of my favorite Van Morrison songs, Brand New Day, has the line: "I see my freedom from across the way and it comes right in on time." I couldn't have said it better myself.

On Saturday night, my mom, two sisters and brother-in-law went out for a celebratory sushi dinner. It felt so good to be surrounded by the people who love and support me the most. After all is said and done, I am really proud of myself and really, really ready to start the next chapter of my life.

At dinner, my family gave me a card that I'll keep forever. Michael, my crazy and wonderful brother-in-law, congratulated me on now being the most educated person in our clan (this will obviously not last, but I'll enjoy the title for the short time I hold it) and my mother made me cry by writing how proud my father must be. My sister wrote down the same Brian Andreas quote that I put on the card announcing the completion of my BA degree seven years ago:

"She came to sit and dangle her feet off the edge of the world
and after awhile she forgot everything but the
good and true things she would do someday."

Seeing this quote again reminds me of what a circular path life can take you on. This full circle has left me dizzy and deliriously happy.


  1. Little piece of pumpkin pie in this world,
    I'm real proud of you. Besides all of the books we didn't read, you are, by far, the most valuable take away from my graduate school experience. We did it! You finished and you deserve all the pats on the back your sweet big heart can handle. On to graduation:) Love - Beav

  2. Ohmigod you rule! Congraduations!