I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm going to go ahead and use a Doctor Who quote for my final blog post title, but it seemed fitting, because it's true. I have had a wonderful four years here at UE, and I'm not quite sure that I'm ready to go.
But in spite of that, there are only 11 days until graduation. Yesterday was the last day of classes, and whether I like it or not, I've got a very limited amount of time left in which I get to call myself an undergraduate.
I could list a thousand reasons why I'd love to stay here at UE and just pretend I'm still allowed to take classes and see how long it took anyone to notice. But instead of doing that (because, after all, it'd be giving away my master plan), I think I'll just say a fond farewell to the university that has been my home for the past four years.
I'm not sure I've fully quite accepted it yet that I'll be leaving, but I'm definitely taking a lot of new experiences and knowledge with me when I go. Before I came here, I'd scarcely left my small town in Ohio. The furthest away I'd been was Florida, and that was only for a few days. Now, I can say I've gone abroad for four months. I've lived in another country. I've gotten on a plane, gone to a conference in Seattle, and "networked" with a ton of other writers.
I've drafted lesson plans, taught creative writing, been a writing center mentor, and had so many little experiences that I hope I will remember always, from the first moment when I stepped out of my mom's car to look at that tree I posted about, to the unfortunate moment that I still refuse to accept where I have to get in my car and drive away, becoming that strange thing they call an alum.
So, before I tear up, I'm just going to say it--goodbye UE! I will miss you but I think and know that almost everything I've done here has prepared me for whatever's waiting out there in the real world. So I pass the baton to the next set of bloggers and can't wait to read all about your experiences here (if I can bear the jealousy).
So, we all know a lot of college students are pressed for cash. We also know that all college students presumably are in possession of a birthday. Mine just so happens to fall in March--on March 17th, to be exact. That's right, St. Patrick's Day. If only I looked better in green.
Regardless, I like to celebrate my birthday as "birthday month." And one of the best things about birthday month is all the free stuff you can get if, like me, you sign up for just about every single rewards program under the sun (as long as it's free).
Anyway, here's my haul:
Free cupcake from local cupcakery back home, courtesy my rewards card
Free pancakes from IHOP, courtesy the IHOP rewards program
$2 on my Ounce Back card (which, sadly, I have lost) from Orange Leaf
Free sample makeup kit from Sephora
Free sample makeup kit from Ulta
Free "birthday pastry" from Panera
Free dessert (with purcahse of entree) from Chili's
A series of "happy birthday, here's 20% off" emails from everywhere, ever
Yeah, it's good to have birthday month, especially when all of your college friends are just about as broke as you are. I highly recommend taking advantage of rewards programs like these while in school, because free pastries and cupcakes make it a lot easier to do things like come back to school on your birthday, for instance, or take exams.