It's spring! New beginnings and all that. Was walking past some NYU students in their graduation gowns the other day and realized it's been six years since I graduated college and 10 years since I graduated high school. Thought I'd post some photos for old time's sake. After spending four years competing against each other, graduation attire was a great equalizer, wasn't it? Everyone looked fat in the robes and the hats were shaped like a McDonald's filet-o-fish and flattered no one. Kind of brilliant, I must say.
Where it all began! My best friend Lindsey and me in 1998 on high school graduation day. We went to different high schools, hence the different colored robes.
Kissing my Yale acceptance letter in '98. You always knew the big envelope was good news. And, no, I don't know what my parents were thinking with that couch either, but how awesome was our wood paneling?
Graduating from college in 2002. I later wrote about the experience for the Yale Daily News. Being a complete idiot, I didn't try on my graduation gown until about a half hour before the ceremony, at which point I discovered that the sleeves were three feet too long and inexplicably sewn shut. Luckily we managed to find a replacement gown at the last minute so I didn't have to accept the diploma between my teeth.
Running with my diploma beneath Harkness Tower. That gate is only unlocked on commencement day for graduating seniors to walk through. To tell you the truth, it was kind of a pain in the ass the rest of the year when you wanted to cut through the courtyard, but now I appreciate the pomp and circumstance.
The quality of this picture is terrible (it was a point-and-shoot and the flash had stopped working) but it's my favorite picture from college graduation. We'd just had a whirlwind weekend of activities and lunches and ceremonies and I'd sat down, exhausted, on my dorm room floor because we'd already packed up all the furniture. Notice the bottle of vodka, Cheerios and toilet paper sitting on top of the mini-fridge. How great was college?