It hasn't been a week since I walked across that stage and I already feel so different. For me, once I have finished something and am ready to move on, I have an easy time not looking back. For the past 4 years, I've called UC Santa Barbara my home. 4 years of classes, midterms and finals, crowded bike paths, study sessions at caje, and clifftop sunset walks. Okay, technically 3 if you minus that year I spent abroad. Still, Santa Barbara was definitely my home base for the past few years and now everything is changing! But before I get ahead of myself, let me just plop a million and a half (alright not exactly) photos down from the past weekend.
On Thursday night, I drove to L.A. to pick up my mother and brother. Everything went smoothly until I found myself two block away from the airport entrance in dead-stop traffic. And I stayed there for 45 minutes. I'm not kidding it was the worst! After finally making it to the arrivals area and getting back on the highway we were able to get make it back home at 1 in the morning. On Friday morning, my roomates and I go dressed up and had our photos taken (thanks to my mama!) The rest of the day was spend hanging out on the beach and meeting more family for an awesome dinner at a place called Boathouse.
My roomates and I had planned a brunch for our families, so on Saturday morning we managed to clean up our house a bit and set out bagels + all the good toppings (not pictured: smoked salmon). It was so great to see all of our families together who made it possible to have such an amazing year. It was also my roomate Kaila's birthday. Fun fact: she shares her birthday with her younger twin sisters, three girls in one family all born on the same day!
The graduation ceremony itself was at 4 o'clock. Our senior speaker was great, the guest speaker okay, and our class senior gift went to supporting the student food bank which was perfect. There were hundreds of students graduating in that ceremony, so once they read your name off and you crossed the stage, that was pretty much it. I went and found my family and spend the last part of the ceremony with them. I will say I definitely felt so supported and loved, it was amazing to be able to have everyone there! I spent the rest of the weekend with them, eating delicious food, and cleaning up my place so that we could head out on Sunday. It was a short, but incredibly busy couple of days.
I'm up in Santa Cruz now settling in. Our new place is near the perfect breakfast spot, the ocean, and a Target. What more could I want? I'll catch up soon with what I've been up to now that I'm technically retired (ish). Let me know if you have any recommendations for the area! Hope everyones summer is sunny and bright!