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Fatboy Gets Verklempt

USF 2010 Tassel - College of Arts and SciencesI went to the university this morning to buy my cap and gown on the first day of sale, barely 40 minutes after the bookstore opened. I got my 5’4″ gown (right in the middle of the 5’3″ – 5’5″ gown size), mortar board and white tassel for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Then it hit me on the drive back home.

I’m graduating. No… I’m GRADUATING!!

I couldn’t believe it, but my nose got a stinging feel, my eyes watered up, and my throat tightened just thinking about the end of my forever college journey finally coming to a pinnacle. Dang it, it’s happening again writing this.

I’ve got a few more pages of my archaeology paper to write and about 350 pages of book to study for the final exam before I can consider everything done. I need to get a “C” on the final unless I get an “A” or “B” on the paper, which shouldn’t be out of reach for a professional writing major, right? As for Spanish 2, I don’t even have to take the exam to pass the course and I can get an “A” for the semester with a 70% on the final exam.

T-minus: 11 days, 1 hour, 34 minutes


  1. What an awesome accomplishment! Congratulations!
    On to your next phase ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks! Yeah, we have a few things in mind, but none of them include a
    Master's degree. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. cfjourney says

    I don't blame you – I could NEVER go back into a classroom environment! Papers… tests… ugh…

  4. Awesome! Major congrats! I can only imagine what it must feel like to finally realize this goal. So many people with CF are dismayed to even try going to college with the “fear” of CF always in the back of their minds.

    My husband has both an A.A.S and B.A. He is an architect and never once listened to all the doctors and people that told him that it wasn't even worth it because he has CF.

    Way to go!

  5. Hehe, I actually enjoy papers since I'm a writing major, but I hope to
    regain my love of reading again with the end of school. I used to read a
    good fiction novel in 1-3 days back in my day. I've been buying books and
    not reading them for the last 4 years.

    Vacation in June will see how easily I tackle some Clive Cussler, You Inc.,
    and a couple other business books I want to dig into.

  6. Thanks for stopping by again, Shannon! I was told many things when I was
    younger, but “don't go to college” wasn't one of them. I'd like to
    personally go around and kick every parent of a CFer with that mindset.
    There are still a good number of damaging thoughts and preparations that
    parents take that kids will catch on about, too… mistakes we will be darn
    sure to not make, regardless of any issues any of our kids might have when
    the time comes.

    As for the fear of CF, I say “bull crap, people!” Piper's got a friggin' law
    degree for crying out loud. Ain't nothing gonna hold me back. I'll be
    working and kicking butt and taking names even if I'm on oxygen.