It has been a month since graduating college and I still don’t think it has hit me yet. I don’t think it will hit me until the fall when all of the students are heading back to Fairfield and I won’t be for the first time in 4 years.
My time at Fairfield U was some of the best times of my life so far and I will greatly miss the school but towards the end of senior year it was sort of as if I was ready for the next chapter. Don’t get me wrong I will miss my friends immensely, especially living so close to them and being able to hang out whenever. However, this year sort of eased us in to the change because everyone was living off campus, working, and doing internships and it was not as if we lived in dorms and could run across the hall or see each other at every meal in the dining hall. We really only saw one another on weekends. In that way senior year transitioned us. And I keep telling myself Facetime was invented to keep in touch and up to date with each other’s lives (friends-get ready for lots of facetime calls from me!) Also I am excited for a few friends who are taking big leaps and moving away (so proud of them!) to such cool new place. I can’t wait to visit Charleston and Nashville to see them (Maggie, Elena, I hope you know I will be crashing with y’all)
Anyways onto graduation…At Fairfield, after finals are over all the seniors stay for an extra week and they put on events almost each day. They are all optional and things we have to pay for, so my friends and I picked and chose what we wanted to partake in. Living on the beach senior year was a dream and we really were hoping to utilize our living arrangements by having ALL the beach days and cookouts and bonfires the last week living there, however, mother nature did not seem to be down for that. It rained almost every day, so that was very unfortunate, and sort of put a damper on senior week. We had these visions of beautiful pictures on the beach in our long gowns for Commencement ball, but mother nature had other plans…it poured, and sent tornados and lightning…so that was a bummer. But we made the most of our time together, and kept putting everything in perspective, yeah it sucked the weather wasn’t cooperating, but what really mattered was that we were all together making memories and enjoying not having any work or responsibilities, just time to be together!
Everyone was glued to the weather all week in anticipation of if graduation would be inside or outside. We had sort of come to terms with the fact that we would probably have to have graduation inside. It would be another let down because commencement is out on the lawn of this mansion on campus that over looks the Long Island Sound. It is truly beautiful and something we had all envisioned ever since starting at Fairfield…instead of the gym where it would be if it rained. The administration would not make a decision on where the ceremony would be until 7 am the morning of. At 6:40 AM the morning of, while my roommates and I were getting ready, we all received the notification that Commencement would be outside! We were so happy! While it spit a little while we walked in to take our seats, by the end of the ceremony, the clouds had parted and the sun was blaring down! It was so amazing. We got to enjoy our graduation celebration lunch with our family back at our house and were able to sit outside on the beach and enjoy the beach house one last day instead of being cramped inside! It was a really great day!
How cute are the ’18 cookies my mom made for the party!
Sadly, we had to pack up the entire house and move out the next day, so the celebration was short but sweat. It was so nice to celebrate all our hard work over the last 4 years, and reminisce on all of the amazing memories we made and think about all the more to come!
Some of my friends and I have already gotten together once and have so many more plans coming up. I am so lucky to have met such amazing and special people that have become some of my dearest friends, who make me laugh harder than I ever have before, and who are such genuine people. I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but Fairfield U, thank you for some of the best years of my life! I will cherish these memories forever! And as the old saying goes…Once a Stag, Always a Stag! Stags up!
Sorry for the long, sappy post!
Thanks for reading,