Melissa and I decided last minute to go to commencement, where the President of Disney and Pixar Animation was speaking. To be honest, we were SO bored. The only thing that was entertaining was trying to figure out what all the colors, robes and hats meant of all the faculty members. It was an hour and a half of awards to old people. The speaker wasn't fantastic, but it was fun to hear to hear some stories about Disney/Pixar, but even then there weren't too many I was impressed by. Hard to please? Not really. I mean, I got a kick out of riding TRAX to commencement!
The Story Behind the Announcement
BAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Ok, so let's talk about this for a sec, shall we? Technically I had been in school for only 4 years, and I did 3 semesters of summer classes in between (they really help you get to where you need to be when you're behind! I highly recommend taking school during the summer.) I had the opportunity of interning at Scripps Encinitas, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the Salt Lake Art Center) and with the Utah Athletics Marketing Department. I attended BYU, UVU (culinary school) (don't ask me to make you anything, my family can attest the fact that I've forgotten everything) (I mean, I dropped out... come on!) and finally the U of U (they let me graduate before I could hit every school in Utah.)
Melissa and I met Fall semester when I had walked into the third class of PR Cases and Campaigns and joined her group to put on a campaign for a PR Group. We instantly became friends. Our professor will never know how big of an impact her class was on us. And it was not because of the content of the course...
The LeiDoes my lei look like fake money to you? Well, you're right. It's not really "real" money... it's BETTER than real money! It's made of Disney dollars. When asked after the graduation ceremony where I was going, you bet your buttons I responded with, "I'm going to DISNEYLAND!!"
Let's be honest, the second convocation ceremony wasn't much better than the first. Everyone around us was on their iphone. They had Orson Scott Card in attendance for an honorary degree, and they didn't even have him speak! The man is hanging out with Indiana Jones, and who did we have speak? ... I don't even know. Kory and I had a fantastic texting session and game of Draw Something going on throughout the ceremony... until her phone battery died.
This is my friend Josh Rios. I met Josh Rios my freshman year at BYU, when we were both taking classes at the Salt Lake Center (another AWESOME and equally encouraged idea- look into it!) We became instant friends once we found out we grew up 15 minutes away from each other. Josh Rios is from Escondido, CA, and we had some similar friends. At graduation, Josh said, "In a million years I never thought I'd be graduating from the U. In 2 million years I never thought I'd be graduating with YOU!" I saw Josh Rios for the first time in years walking into one of my classes last summer at the U. He became my mentor, and showed me that there was a quicker way to graduation day than I had originally planned.
Disney Dollars for the Rios Family!
You know someone really loves you if they come to your graduation ceremony. Let's be honest, there could be things that get more boring. But, still, this is a close second. After commencement in the morning, I realized the most entertaining graduating ceremony would include a flash mob dance... and I wish I thought of it months ago to spice things up a bit.
My parents flew out from San Diego, and my sister and her family flew out from Dallas to watch the 3 seconds of my name over the microphone, walking to receive a diploma cover and shake a mans hand that I don't even know. Not to mention, this all happening at THE U. A BYU family now has a U graduate and they showed up for my graduation. Now that, my friends, is true cariño.
So what does a U of U graduate to do once school is over?
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