Friday, April 25, 2014

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Today, April 25, 2014, marks a big milestone in our lives. It's graduation day! Justin and I get to walk for graduation together this afternoon, and I couldn't be more excited. The past four years have been completely amazing, and I love that we get to celebrate our hard work. My experience at BYU was incredible. I feel so blessed that I was able to attend a university that taught me so much. I'm an very nostalgic person, so now it's time to take a trip down memory lane... It's VERY long, so don't feel bad if you don't read it ;)

Freshman Year: As a totally naive and clueless girl fresh out of high school, I had NO idea what to expect from college. You know how some people are "ready to move out"? I had never felt this way. Moving day really crept up on me, but luckily I had the ability to Facebook stalk all of my future roommates. We were all insta-friends since day one, and my freshman experience ended up being SO fun. I was a pretty good student in high school, but only because the teachers loved me and were pretty easy on me. College on the other hand? I struggled HARD. I failed my first test. I had never read so much in one sitting. I felt pretty hopeless, and even cried to my parents on the phone about it. I wasn't used to such a rigorous reality check. Thanks to supportive family, roommates, and help from TA's, I didn't do too bad, and was able to survive! Although I made a lot of new friends, it was funny that I hung out with a bunch of old ones as well. My graduating class divided up into four main colleges: BYU, BYU-Idaho, University of Idaho, and Boise State. So, I knew a lot of people from high school, which was pretty fun. And it was funny seeing guys I had known forever hit on my roommates....... hah. Freshman year consisted of a lot of froyo runs, Wendy's dollar chicken sandwiches, staying up way too late, sleepovers in our tiny dorm kitchen, creamery ice cream, dressing up, and being a little crazy. Good times.

Favorite classes: Japanese 300, Astronomy, Sociology
Least favorites: American Heritage, History of Creativity
Sophomore Year: After spending the summer at home working, I felt so recharged for another year at BYU. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, I didn't know where I was going with my life. Luckily I ended up in an apartment with five random but awesome girls, and I knew one of them from freshman year. These girls were the sweetest, most spontaneous, most domestic girls I had ever met! They were always up to do something, always baking, cooking, crafting, painting nails, playing games, you name it! There never was a boring night with them. I also got my first BYU job-- I worked at sporting events! I took tickets, escorted people to their seats, and got to watch the game. It was pretty sweet. My freshman roommates + sophomore roommates planned a surprise birthday party for me. I felt so blessed! This year was the year of the dance... we went to a lot of dance parties! Best college diet ever, ha ha ha. I also started this bloggg! And went to my first ever blogger meet up! I will forever cherish that. After a couple failed relationships, I was DONE with boys, done with blind dates, getting set up, and done with the drama. For winter semester, I moved into a bigger and nicer apartment with two girls from my freshman year. It was really fun, CHILL, and I loved living with girls I already knew really well. I was pretty boring for a couple months. I seriously didn't do anything. I didn't have a car, so sometimes I felt trapped. One time I went SIX WEEKS without grocery shopping! I seriously just ate rabbit food... At the end of February is when Justin came into my life. He was just SO much fun! Justin and I were inseparable, and I actually got the best GPA this semester. It was awesome. That spring, I decided to stay in Provo. Justin and I were together pretty much from 9am-1am every day. Hahaha.

Favorite classes: Human Development, Living Prophets
Least favorite: Japanese Conversation (it was tough!!!)
see the man on his phone, to the right of the dude with the stache? 
Well look behind cell phone man. That's Justin :) read more HERE.
Junior Year: After a super fun summer of hanging out with Justin every day, we got engaged! Things were really crazy. I had planned on living with my freshman year roommates again, because Justin and I had planned on getting married in November. After a couple weeks of being engaged, we decided to move the date up by two months! We were in a huge crunch, but it was just better for us in so many ways. Luckily we both were able to sell our contracts (to friends, thank youuuu!) before the school year started. I was homeless for a couple weeks, but my former next door neighbor Elise let me crash at her place before I was able to move into our married housing apartment. The beginning of the year was very hard. A couple of my bestest friends lived far away, my parents were in Idaho, and I felt so stressed having to plan the wedding. I skipped classes to do wedding stuff, oops. Not my best semester ;) But September 22 finally came along, and we had the perfect wedding day! I had chosen my major, Human Development, at this point. I really enjoyed the classes I was in. Justin and I worked at football games together (me as an usher, and Justin in security). I was able to talk my boss into letting me stand in Justin's portal, so basically we got paid to chat and watch football games together. After football season was over, I hardly ever worked. I applied for jobs like crazy, and finally landed the best student job EVER... I worked in HR at the BYU Bookstore. I worked with the best people, was able to work 20 hours a week for great pay, and got some awesome perks. I'll never forget our first semester of living in our tiny apartment together. It was so much fun, learning to build our lives together. My brother was here for freshman year, so I got to hang out with him from time to time as well! Sure do miss him. The next semester was so incredibly chill. Just plowed through school! I loved being a married student-- Justin and I would meet up in between classes, he would walk me to work, we'd have lunch together, study together... Life was so good! 

Favorite classes: Media in the Family, Adolescent Development, Advanced Writing
Least favorites: Cognitive Development, Western Humanities
Senior Semester: This was truly an awesome semester. I just felt so set, so ready to take on this semester. It was my last semester at BYU, I only took nine credits (three classes 2x a week), I had a great student job that I loved, I had the best roommate ;), and I went to what felt like a million blogger events. While I adored my sewing class, my other two classes? Not so much. I took Infant Development, which was interesting, but I had it twice a week in the evenings for 90 minutes. Not fun. And I didn't enjoy the structure of the lectures. My other class was Family Finance. A lot of the stuff was over my head!! The taxes chapter nearly killed me, but thanks to great TA's, I survived. The semester ended too quickly! Before I knew it, I was returning my books and filling out my termination papers for the BYU Bookstore. This semester I spent more time working than being in class, so the Bookstore was like my second home. I LOVED the people, the environment, and just my job. i definitely teared up as I was leaving. Justin also ended his job as library security, where we met. It was all so bittersweet, but I'm so grateful for the experiences we had!

Favorite class: SEWING!
Least favorite: Infant Development
The past four years are years I will hold dear to my heart. They were fun, crazy, and hard. I met some of the weirdest, funniest, coolest, and most awesome people ever. Friendships were made, re-kindled, and strengthened during my time at BYU. I was able to meet my Justin, have amazing experiences, and grow so much! I am so grateful to my parents, siblings, other family members, friends, scholarship donors, and everyone else who made my BYU experience completely incredible. & thanks to all your amazing readers who have been such a wonderful support crew! Although I'm definitely sad that my time at this wonderful university is over, we are so excited to see what life has in store for us.
Here we end a chapter of our lives, but I'm ready to keep turning pages!:)
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Chelsea Hendrickson said...

Congrats on graduating! I have loved following your blog along this journey :)

Erika Dannelly said...

such an exciting time... before you know it, you'll be an old fart like me and you'll realize it's been 4 years since you graduated!! congratulations rach :) (and tina) so excited to see you guys this afternoon!

Abby said...

Congrats!!! What a beautiful post of sweet memories- thanks for sharing. :) I hope you both enjoy your special day!

xo Always, Abby

Alicia Snow said...

Congratulations! Such a huge milestone for you guys!

Leaving the Corner & Dipping My Toes said...

Congratulations, and remember, the best is always yet to come, cheers to a new chapter :)


Jessica McGill Lindstrom said...

Rach! We should have been roommates because we would have been best friends then! Your pictures look exactly like mine. We always dressed up and went to dance parties haha Girls night idea??

Stories of Kel said...

so fun to read! congrats on graduating!!

Bailey B. Stewart said...

yayyyy! I need to do a post like this, too! so so so happy for BYU and all the amazing things it brought into my life - including YOU! Freshman year could not have been better. { hahaha and I had a good laugh thinking back on history of creativity with you }

Purposely at Home said...

oh. my. goodness. i L O V E this post. i am just so amazingly excited for y'all!!


Oh how Lovely said...

Now it's time for babies!!!! Mwhahaha

Deb said...

nice retrospective, rachel! :) congratulations to you both! it's a huge accomplishment!

Anonymous said...

I loved reading this! I felt like I was right there with you for all of your college experiences. I am currently a freshman in college and I hope I'll be able to look back on my four years like you did. Congrats on graduation!

Lauren @ Exploring My Style said...

Congratulations Rachel! It sounds like you had the perfect college experience!! So what's in the cards fr the two of you now?

Haley Glick said...

Love you rachie! Thanks for all the memories!

Ana from Sweet Serendipity said...

So fun! Congrats cute girl!!!

Natalie said...

amazing! i'm glad i was able to be a little part of your journey :)

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