My regular blogging schedule will return next week once I'm settled but for now....

I'm a post grad. 
I'm an alumnae. 
This isn't real.

Graduation was a truly surreal day and I have to say, I was so incredibly proud of myself. I know that a lot of people don't get to have the honor to attend college and I had this blessed privilege to be able to graduate from someplace as amazing as Iona College. 

It was a great day to spend with my friends, classmates, and family. We all took the train in together, drank mimosas and ran through Manhattan as people applauded us in our caps and gowns. I felt like I was having an outer-body experience. It didn't feel real, it didn't feel as if it were happening to me.

When I got to Madison Square Garden, I couldn't believe I was there. I was about to walk across the stage at MSG and accept my college diploma. It was insane. 

While in the hallway, waiting with my friends to walk into the ceremony, I couldn't believe it. I felt incredibly sick and nervous. Then we heard the graduation march and walked into the theater; as soon as I walked in, I saw my family and my emotions hit me.

The ceremony wasn't terribly long or boring, it was actually kind of beautiful.

Before I knew it, my name was being called and I was walking across the stage to shake the President of my college's hand and getting my fake diploma. 

Afterwards, pictures were taken, tears were shed, and I went to brunch with my family before heading off to the bars for a splendid, fun night out with the Class of 2014.

I didn't cry at all on Saturday but on Sunday, when the goodbyes started, that's when it all hit me. Saying goodbye to my friends, both who live near and far, was really tough. I have full faith that I will stay in touch with everyone close to me but it'll never be the same. We'll never be in the same place at the same time, we have to make an actual effort to be friends. It's going to be weird but I know it'll be okay.

I'm home now, post grad living, and it's definitely going to be an adjustment. I need a job, need to learn to live with my mom and sister again, and learn to be an adult. It's going to be interesting, fun, scary and exciting so please take the ride with me.

This new chapter is going to be quite the page turner. 

PS. Here are some pics from graduation! (I wore my FIRST Lilly Pulitzer dress! How exciting!!) 

Mimosas on the train #gradlife

Selfies during the ceremony
Me and my pledge sissy

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