Last Saturday I finished my last final as an undergraduate, and Friday I walk. I thought I’d do a reflective blog post, since that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. As much as my ego wants to believe that you’d all read volumes about my college experiences, I somehow suspect that isn’t true. So I’m mostly going to rely on photographs to do the trick. With just a touch of snark and sentiment for me.
Ready? Here we go. Jump in the time machine and head back to Fall of 2010. AKA my freshman year…
Living on my own
Perhaps the rudest awakening when it came to living on my own was the discovery that dryers in most college apartment complexes are worthless. This left my roommate and I with a lot of dripping clothes. But we were nothing if not ingenious. Luckily we had some rope with which to hang the clothes across our ENTIRE bedroom. Between that and a lot of time with our blowdryers, we got our clothes dry.
Getting locked out
Most people get locked out of the apartment at least once. And if you’re lucky, you can easily climb in a window. And if you’re slightly less lucky, that window requires climbing preciously over some railing and hoping you don’t fall down a story. And if you’re slightly less lucky than that, all of this will occur on a date.
Decorating the apartment
My apartment has never been as decorated as it was freshman year when I lived with an art major. We built and painted our own Christmas tree, made an entire wall dedicated to superheroes, had a life size poster of Jimmer, and made some pretty epic snowflakes. I regret to say, we failed to make a photographic record of the time we used a hair straightener to burn lemon juice in the name of art. The smell, at least has stuck with me ever since.
Not getting disowned over a basketball game
My dad said he’d disown me if I didn’t go watch Jimmer play against SDSU. I had to wait in the snow for a grand total of 8 hours to get in. But it was totally worth it, and I still remember the names of the people I stood in line with (Matt, Spencer, and Becca). It was a bonding experience.
Not much commentary on this. We slid around in blue foam. Because why not?
The birth of Super Kyra
Accidental demon cookies
Some friends and I got together to make sugar cookies around Christmas. It turns out I should stick to cookie cutters. I kind of think he’s cute though…
Capturing the essence of finals week
I don’t want to say I enjoy finals week, but there is something to be said about the camaraderie of shared suffering. Which is probably why this picture of my roommate (captured at 6 am) is so relatable to so many people.
The Ugliest Sweater
I made the ugliest sweater (vest) for my friend Paul’s Christmas party. It’s actually hard to make something that looks that bad in only 15 minutes. What can I say? I’m brilliant.
Over anticipating Katniss’s braid
In the book Katniss’s braid for the reaping was described as intricate, so Melissa put together the most intricate braid she could for my Hunger Games opening night costume. Turns out we way out did the movie version.
Miss Lowry was actually only one of the many authors I was privileged to meet in my time at BYU. Others include Rick Walton, Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, Lisa McMann, James Dashner, Dan Wells, Shannon Hale, Meghan Whalen Turner, Marie Lu, Cinda Williams Chima, Angleburger, and Jennifer Nielsen.
A Literal Blind Date
We didn’t start the fire…jk. We did.
On the bright side (ha, pun), it was contained and did not set all of Vivian Park ablaze (President Monson style). It was just a lot of good times with good friends.
We are the champions!
After a FHE film sophomore year that can best be described as horrendous, my beloved FHE family pulled together a spectacular film that won first place at the ward film festival. I’d like to pretend it was due to my awesome guidance as FHE mom, but it was just them being awesome.
Playing it sultry as Ms. Scarlett
We decided to do a poetry reading. I chose to read Fox in Socks because I rock at that book.
That time I went to Europe
I took over 1000 pictures while I was abroad, and they can’t do justice to experience. So certainly the four I posted here are inadequate, but I wanted to limit myself. In order: Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland.
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I got super close to the other students on the study abroad with me. We had to have a Google chat a week after we got home, because we missed each other so much. A week, people! Katie couldn’t get Google Effects to work, so she made her own crown out of a Post It.
Rent A Puppy
Yes, you can actually Rent A Puppy. I’m one of those heartless people who’s fairly indifferent to puppies, but that little fellow Coach was pretty cute. And this is the last time we got to see our dear friend Nicole before she embarked on a mission to teach the people of Chicago about Christ and His love.
A summary of the cleaning check: Midnight, cut an entire bag’s worth of hair out of the vacuum so that it’ll work. 1 am, Realize that cleaning the stove top is, in fact, futile. 2 am, go to Smiths to buy hydrogen peroxide to clean stove. Buy a Christmas tree as well, because why not? 3 am, make and devour a pazooki. 4 am continue to clean stove, and decide it’s a bad idea to try to clean stove top while oven is on self clean. 4:30 am, go to bed.
The study abroad cohort never ceases to find new shenanigans to participate in. We decided it would be fun to build a couch nest and cuddle while watching a movie. We were right. It was fun. For the first 15 minutes.
Lights at Temple Square
I somehow managed not to see the lights at Temple Square until my senior year. What a beautiful reminder of how beautiful the world can be.
My thesis for University Honors ended up being about 260 pages double spaced. The defense was actually quite fun. Afterward, I was able to present my thesis at the poster session followed up by a lovely dinner with these handsome devils (more study abroad friends). I felt so accomplished!
I’ll wrap it up there before I get all nostalgic on you. It’s been a great four years, but I’m excited for adventures to yet to come. Onward to graduate school! Hi yo Silver! Away!