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Graduation Musings

Graduation was amazing.

At one point I wasn’t sure if I wanted to participate and I’m so glad that I did. It was meaningful, exciting and really felt like appropriate closure to one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

It was great to have my parents and closest friends share it with me. I realized that I didn’t make it to that day alone, but that God gave me a most incredible support system that provided me encouragement, love and frequent kicks in the butt to keep me moving.

I didn’t torture everyone by asking that they attend the graduation ceremony but they did meet me for lunch afterwards at Cafe Santorini in Old Town Pasadena. I was blessed to have all these key people in one place just for a couple of hours.

All weekend I was just on a high. It was a great time to really be grateful for what God has done and how he’s changed me through this experience. I always tells friends that my grad school time was just really expensive therapy. By going to a seminary I gained a new perspective, picture and idea of who God is. Getting a degree from the school of psychology I was able to integrate that new notion into my view of humanity and how we can be healed and made whole, restoring that image of God withing our own understanding of who we are.

Seeing this time and season of my life come to a close is a little bittersweet. I will miss the constant stimulus of being in class with other people passionate about the subject matter. I will miss learning from key researchers, philosophers and mentors.

At the end of the day I just realize how blessed I am. God is good. Now I get to go help others through everything God has shown me. I can’t wait.


Graduation Announcements

In happy news, I got my graduation announcements in the mail yesterday. WHI-HOO!! More proof that I am really done.

I’m much more excited about this graduation than any other. Well maybe just undergrad. I was thrilled to graduate from high school, cause it meant I got to leave Mexico.

I sent the first announcement to my parents today. I can’t wait. I don’t even know anyone else I’m graduating with but I don’t care. I want to wear the fancy, heavy robes and I think for your master’s you get the cool scarf thing. I’m sure there is a technical name but you know what I mean.

I get to go pick up my regalia at the end of the month. I’m going to wear it everywhere – the grocery store, to watch tv…you think i’m kidding just wait.

Grades are In

I was talking to my mom on the phone this afternoon and she casually asked me what my final grades were for last quarter.

I had no idea. I completely forgot that after all the drama of grad school, they give you grades too. I have just been happy to be done.

So I logged-into the system and I got A’s in both of last classes. My final grad school GPA is 3.90. WHI-HOO!!

Now I just have to wait until June 10, 2006 to walk.

Graduation News

I went to register for final quarter of school on Monday.

I’m going to be taking two classes – Child and Family Development and Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling. Should both be interesting classes to end my seminary career with.

But the good news is that when I registered I received my application for graduation. OH YES!! I am graduating!! WHI HOO!!!

Happy news!