In Four Years Time: Oh the Things You'll Accomplish

Graduation in 2010 -- feels like a lifetime ago
Going into college, my dad gave me one goal. One thing to concentrate on. One piece of motivation. He told me that no matter what happens, just graduate. I come from a split home, where my dad went to college and finished after four years with a degree in computer science. My mom on the other hand, went to college and after one semester knew that it wasn't for her. College isn't for everyone. Some people are really good at it, and some people really aren't. 

Fortunately for me, I fall into the category of people who really love college and don't want to graduate. So much so, that I'm even thinking about applying for graduate school. My parents always want what's best for me, regardless of what that may be. When I started college, I knew I wanted to go into architecture. I love architecture and everything that it encompasses but I quickly found out that it wasn't for me. 

I didn't tell my parents the first time I changed my major until after I had already done it. After a lot of, 'if this is what you really want to do' and 'you're sure about this' conversations, they hopped on board with my new major: history with a concentration in secondary education. After a few classes, I thought wow, I really love this . This is something I could see myself doing. But there was something missing. 

I took my first anthropology class my first semester in college and fell in love, quite quickly actually. After thinking for a couple of days, trying to figure out what I wanted to do, I decided in my third semester in college to change my major...again. Although, this time not so drastically. I decided to dual degree (earn two separate degrees) in History and Anthropology. I dropped my secondary education concentration and just let it be. 

I slyly told my parents, casually sneaking it into conversation whenever I could, and by this time they were okay with the changes, 'as long as you're happy'. When I then told them that 'OH BY THE WAY, I'm now minoring in Italian and Linguistics' they just about had a heart attack. I'm someone who will always take on as much as I possibly can, and then hope to get it all done in a timely manner. 

My second semester sophomore year, halfway through my college career, I figured it out. I can graduate in four years, not have to pay any extra tuition and still apply for graduate school, or whatever it is I feel like doing after this. While it's a really exciting time, it's also insanely nerve-wracking. My parents will be the first ones to tell you that I've worked my ass off to get to where I am today, without anyone's help. 

I took 18 hours every semester, 19 hours a couple, two summers of summer classes (one at LSU and one through LSU in Italy), and even worked two jobs through half my college career. I cannot wait to graduate, on time, and be able to look back at what I've accomplished in such a short amount of time. I wouldn't say I'm one to sit here and brag about everything that I have or have done, but this time I'm going to. Because I deserve it. 


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