So, I finally did it! I actually graduated from college. It only took me 8 years to do it, but hey, who's counting?! Though it took me longer than anticipated, I wouldn't trade any of my life these last 8 years. What could I trade-my mission, living in Vegas with awesome friends and experiences, or moving up here to Provo? Nope, none of it.
I graduated from BYU on August 13, which was Friday the 13th, if anyone's counting! It was a fantastic day, though; no bad luck in sight!
My mom and dad came down to Provo for it, and I loved spending time with them :) It never felt real until I was walking into the Marriot Center and the Processional was playing. Then I actually started to tear up. I was lucky; one of my roomates walked in the same program that I did, so we sat together and got to entertain each other during the ceremony. Here's a few pictures; for the rest of them, look me up on Facebook! I'm much more active there!
I do want to say, though, that I'm VERY grateful to everyone who helped me achieve this: Mom and Dad for all your support (especially when I freaked out over huge assignments that I needed to finish!), Shari, Tasha and Nate for cheering me on, the rest of the family for heckling me into completing my degree :), my roomies for being awesome, and friends for being hang out buddies when I needed to release pressure, etc. Thanks for believing in me; you're all awesome!