Two weeks ago, I graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Fiber Science and Apparel Design. It still doesn't feel real, maybe because I haven't received my actual diploma yet, but I am slowly unpacking all the emotions that come along with a major life change like graduating college.
For the fashion fans, Dress: Milly; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Jewelry: David Yurman and personal collection
People always say that college is the best four years of your life. I still think the best is yet to come, but these past four years will be hard to top. I had more fun than I thought possible, worked really really hard, and learned SO much in such a short amount of time. It's impossible to recap my full college experience because there are just too many amazing memories to recount.
Cornell was an amazing place to study, grow, and develop. I was surrounded by some of the smartest people I've ever met, and I felt completely welcomed, empowered, and encouraged by my surroundings. Each day, I reminded myself of what an insane privilege it is to be able to study at such an exceptional university. I had my fair share of all nighters, and at times I felt really discouraged, but that's all a part of the experience, and I am so proud of all that I accomplished in my short time on the Hill.
To celebrate our graduation, my roommates (Rachel and Kineret) and I had a photoshoot. Thank you so much to Savanna Lim for capturing these priceless moments!
You go to college to get a degree, to specialize in an area of academics that you're passionate about, and to prepare for a career. But, at least in my experience, you learn so much more along the way than what can be taught in a classroom. From my peers, I learned the importance of compassion, honesty, kindness, and empathy. From my failures, I learned how to be resilient and graceful. I discovered that Wayne, New Jersey, while a great little town, is not at all reflective of our country and our world, and I got to work with people and visit places that completely shocked and altered my notion of "status quo." Many times I was forced out of my comfort zone, and it is all of these experiences that I will reflect on when I think about Cornell. They made me a more whole person, and now I feel confidently ready to take on the world as a Cornell Alum!
My fellow FSAD grads!
The family on Convocation morning.
I had to throw in a little Elle Woods inspo for my grad cap, which unfortunately got ruined due to the torrential downpour that surprised us on graduation day (so Ithaca!!).
It hit me as a drove away from Cornell on Monday morning & watched the Clock Tower disappear from my rear view mirror that my time as an undergraduate had really come to an end. It is definitely bittersweet having to say goodbye to a place that has felt like home for the past four years, but I know I'll be back soon and I am so excited for the adventures that lie ahead.
As the famous Cornell alum Andy Bernard once said, "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them." My time at Cornell will definitely be the "good old days," and I'm forever grateful for every person, place, and thing that helped make my college experience so perfect.