So, now what?
Just kidding, I'm not graduating for another two years! My sister graduated this past weekend, and the phrase "now what?" is a common joke every college graduate says, either joking about it, actually meaning it, or both. Lauren is excited about finally being a graduate, especially since she won't have to study for any more exams and will be living and working for advertising in Chicago! Of course, she wasn't too happy to graduate considering she went to one of Ohio's best colleges: Miami University.
On Friday, my parents and I drove four hours down to Oxford (fifty minutes outside of Cincinnati) and met my sister and her boyfriend Jordan for dinner at Quarter Barrel, which served pizza, wine, and club sandwiches (yum!) We then spent till 12 or 1 am drinking Redskin drinks at New Bar (The Woods) in uptown Oxford. It was definitely a great start to a great weekend if I say so myself!
The next day my sister and mom (who also graduated from Miami along with my dad) wanted to walk around the campus one last time and sink in all of the memories. It was so great to walk around and embrace all of the happy times. I even enjoyed the little tour despite the fact that I don't attend the school, although sometimes I wish I did! Many people say that Miami is the "Harvard of the Midwest", not just because of the great education but the fact that all the buildings resemble to Harvard University's buildings. Miami is also very well known for the students' preppy sense of fashion!
Later that evening, we held a mini graduation party for Lauren and some of her close friends at her apartment. We ate some really good food, had a great time chatting with everyone (I even talked with some siblings of the graduates who are also interested in working in the fashion industry like me!), and sang along to some great 80s tunes! Of course, right after my dad became in charge of the music playlist ...
Afterwards, Lauren's godmother Nicki finally arrived after driving all the way from Cleveland and we all walked over to Brick Street, one of the most popular bars in Oxford, for a couple of drinks and to hang out before the big ceremony the next day. It got super crowded late at night, and we stayed there until 11:30 pm. I was surprised that I wasn't tired at that time, I'm usually tired even before that time!
What's a great way to celebrate Mother's Day? One of her daughters earning a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Business! Sunday was the big day, although it was only for the graduation for the Farmer School of Business, since my sister was a marketing major and a member of Delta Sigma Pi. The main ceremony was held the day before, and we didn't want to go because it would've been too long, boring, and dreadful in the heat.
That morning after taking a few pictures around campus before the commencement, we stopped by every Miami student's favorite place: Bagel & Deli. There's no doubt as to why everyone raves about it, it's so good! My favorite sandwich is called the "Crunch A Munch", a bagel with turkey, American cheese, lettuce, honey mustard, and actual Doritos! It sounds like a weird thing to put chips in a sandwich, but it tastes so good that it's impossible to think of as weird!
After breakfast/lunch, we took more pictures with Lauren and her fraternity friends outside one of their houses, which looked weird inside considering it was empty compared to the last time I was there. One of my favorite things about college graduations is when students decorate their caps with a funny or serious quote/picture relating to college and the future. That's exactly what Lauren and the majority of students did, and they all look so creative!
The commencement for the Farmer School of Business was held at Millet Hall, the same place where they hold basketball games and where we saw shows such as Aziz Ansari, Seth Meyers, and the annual spring fashion show by MUFD (Miami University Fashion and Design). Dinesh Paliwal, the CEO of Harman, was the guest speaker and gave the graduates an inspiring speech about his early life and how he came to be where he is now through business. He even sent every student home with a free set of stringless earphones from his business, kind of like Ellen or Oprah!
The ceremony overall was very bittersweet. Being able to watch my sister receive her diploma after four years of hard work truly is a blessing, and I could not be more happy for her.
And of course, what is a big celebration without a little bit of champagne?
But having a hard time saying goodbye to something makes that something even more special, and that's exactly the impact that Miami University left on all of the graduates including my sister.
Thank you to Miami University for giving Lauren so many opportunities, including becoming the vice president of Delta Sigma Pi and a committee member for Phi Mu. Thank you to my mom and dad for allowing Lauren to experience the best four years of her life at the same place where they spent some of their best times in four years. I especially thank God for blessing my sister with a wonderful college experience and allowing her to exceed greatly in her education.
And finally, of course, thank you to Lauren for making me a proud little sister. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you, especially in a few weeks when you move to Chicago to follow your dreams!