College? Yeah, I did that.

Well, I finally did it.  I am a college graduate.

It feels a little anticlimactic since I’m not walking in a graduation ceremony and I don’t have a diploma yet.  And I won’t get a diploma for, I don’t know, 6 months or something like that.  And I don’t have a job.  Or any offers.  So basically I’m kind of the worst student ever.  Or a typical college grad these days.  I think I’ll go with that one. It sounds better.

I wonder when it will set in that I’m done with school.  When the semester starts again and I don’t go back?  When I have an accounting job?  When my diploma comes in the mail?  When I have to start paying back those student loans?

Either way, whether I believe it right now or not, I never have to step foot in a classroom again if I don’t want to.  And, I can finally say that I feel good about that.  Because I went back after seven years and finished my degree after person after person told me it wouldn’t happen.  It did.

It just took a little longer than I thought.

last first day

Today was my last first day of school.

Even as I type those words I can’t believe it.  It’s taken me a long time to get here.

Thirteen years.  Thirteen.  Years.

Granted, I didn’t go to school that whole time, but from my first day of college in August of 1998 until my last day in December of 2011, it will be over thirteen years of overpriced books, late nights of studying, and all-nighters before the big test.  Most people in school that long are doctors.  I will be an accountant.  Not even a CPA.  Just a regular old, run-of-the-mill accountant.  A 31-year old college graduate looking for her first job.  And you know what?  I’m so flippin’ excited I can barely hold it together.

Bring it on, Fall 2011 semester.  I’m not looking forward to those term papers and group projects, but when they’re done I won’t look back.