by Daley

Hello, everyone!

I have not blogged in about a week–yikes.

But I can explain!

This post will not be the most eloquent thing I have written–but I wanted to give you all a little update and let you know what I have been up to for the past few days.

This Saturday, I graduated from UC Davis!

I am still in a state of disbelief.

Normally it takes four academic school years to graduate from a university in the United States, and I did it in three!

The thing is, throughout this year I wasn’t completely sure if I was really going to be able to graduate early–I only decided that I would make it happen back in November. So–I was sort of living in a state of uncertainty–not sure if I could actually get all of my graduation, major and minor requirements done in time.

I came from a small high school–and UC Davis is a huge university.

At such a big university, there is no hand holding. You need to fight for yourself, stay on top of deadlines and requirements–no one else is going to do it for you.

In order to graduate a year early with my intended major and minor, I had to be on top of everything and pack in a lot of units this Winter and Spring quarter. With everything else going on in my life, it often got hard to balance everything…but somehow, I did it!

I graduated with a major in International Relations and a minor in French.

While sometimes I wish I had studied a subject a little bit more creative, these past few days have made me realize just how much I will miss my classes and school.

I’m not exactly sure I want to pursue a career in International Relations, but I am very glad I spent these past three years studying the subject.

Majoring in International Relations, I learned how to critically think. I learned never to take anything at face value–to question the world around me. I learned how to articulate my thoughts and ideas. I learned how to defend my opinions, but be open to new ones.

It is strange to think I will not be returning to school in a few months with my friends–

I have identified as being a student for so long, and in a way graduation sort of snuck up on me–there was always part of me not entirely sure of my ability to get everything done in time–but I did!

I didn’t expect to feel sad about leaving Davis, but it has been a bittersweet goodbye–(inspiration, I suppose, for another post).

While the Davis chapter of my life may be over, I have a lot of adventures coming up!

I leave for Melbourne next week and I cannot wait to see MY HUSBAND!

Then, before I know it, my TAPIF contract will begin and I’ll be back in France.

Make sure to keep up with posts for all the stories along the way <3

Like I said–this post was not my most eloquent, but I wanted to give you guys a bit of an update.

Let me know if you have any questions or requests for future posts!



Photo by Becky Gmahling

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