A (semi) Farewell

<p>Yup, it's official, I've worn the honors of Honor and graduated this past Sunday. I've never had such an amazing experience as it was to walk down the Lawn, and then finally across the stage in the engineering school courtyard. It was an absolutely perfect day too, even though it threatened to rain and then started thundering a bit during the e-school ceremony. Everyone was the happiest ever on that day it seemed like and I know all of my fellow SEAS kids were damn proud and excited to be graduating finally. It's REALLY bittersweet but I'm excited to move on in life. It was weird being in Cville knowing I don't belong to UVA anymore as a student, but I'm happy to know I'm an alumni. Ugh...alumni...WEIRD to say!!</p>

<p>Anyways, to all who I've come to "know" on this board, thanks for being a great fellow Hoo. Dean J, you know how thankful I am of you. And to hazel, powder, vistany, db, and the others, good luck with the rest of your undergrad years, may they be the best years of your life. And to the rising first years: UVa is an incredible school, make the very most of your four years there, and I hope you fall in love with dear old UVA as much as I did. Graduation comes sooner than you think.
I'll try to check in every once in awhile, but for the most part, this may be the brink of general radio silence.</p>

<p>What an extraordinary ride :) Wah-hoo-wah</p>

<p>congratulations, shoebox! You're an alumnus or alumna, though, not an alumni, which is the plural form.</p>

<p>Yea and congratulations! Wishing you well on your next venture where ever it may be. </p>

<p>My daughter is an incoming UVA first year this fall, and I shall pass your wizened words on to her.</p>

<p>Carpe Diem, shoebox!</p>

<p>Thanks for all the great advice, shoe. It came in handy quite a few times. I know it helped keep this parent calm more than once. </p>

<p>Go forth and do great things- I know you will.</p>

<p>I toast to you Shoebox!! Congrats you UVA alum! Don't be a stranger and thanks so much for all your advice.
It's been so nice to know you and I'm sure we'll be in touch in the future. I am already dreading at how fast this 4th year of mine will fly by. Oh, well nothing to do but treasure each moment as you have advised.
Visit us from time-to-time :)</p>