May 4, 2011

Well Educated

I can't believe it's already Wednesday! This week is just whizzing by! I want to say thank you to everyone who left me a sweet birthday comment, tweet, or text. All of your kind words certainly made my birthday that much more special. I am so thankful to be surrounded be such wonderful, positive people. So thank you all for the very special birthday wishes.

In other news, Scott and I have been up to our ears in homework and studying for finals, but we're getting by just fine. It's crazy to think this is my last finals session as an undergraduate!

Cardigan: gift; Dress: Old Navy; knee highs: c/o We Love Colors; Boots: Steve Madden

Button-up: Levi's; Jeans: Quicksilver; Shoes: Sperry's

Even though school has been taking over, we still have been trying to take the time to have a little fun. We both really love taking walks around downtown Mesa, and eating yummy ice cream and sorbet from Cold Stone. During this time of stress, I feel like it's the little things that count most. It's always nice to take a breather and remember why you're working so hard, and why you care so much.

Lately I've been doing a lot of reflecting on my career as a college student. I started at a two year community college knowing that I wanted to major in Journalism. My first semester was rough. I remember being so overwhelmed with my classes, and the whole idea of being in college. During that time I was thankful my mother pushed me to go to community college, as I don't think I could have made it at a big university yet.

A year later Scott joined me at community college, and I was so happy that he was there. He would walk me to class, carry my books, and meet-up with me during breaks. I really didn't have many friends at school, so I was always thankful to have him there to keep me sane.

A year and half later I headed off to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At this point my school had only been in its new location in downtown Phoenix for one semester, so the classes were significantly small, and not many people were ever around. Looking back now I am very thankful for that transition time. Every semester after that the classes would get bigger, and the student population would continue to grow.

It took me five years to finish my undergraduate degree, which is something I am not ashamed of. Most of the people I grew up around finished in four years, but for me, I needed that extra year. I am very thankful that I gave myself that extra time to only take 12 to 13 credit hours a semester. Anything else would have been too much, and my grades would not have come out as well as they did if I had done that for myself.

So as I get ready to completely walk away from the Cronkite school and my career as an undergraduate, I can only think about how happy I am with the education path I chose. There truly couldn't have been a better major for myself, or a better place to go to school. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend such a prestigious school, and will forever be thankful that such a place existed so close to home.

So three cheers for my education, life at Cronkite, and my pretty new degree that I will be proudly displaying any chance I get.

What did you major in? Where you happy with your choice? What was (is) your college career like?


  1. What a great post, Chelsea. It took me awhile longer to graduate as well, because I took a year off from school to participate in an internship with a ministry dear to me after my sophomore year at FSU. Honestly, it changed everything for me, gave me new focus, and it's only added to my achievements, both in the classroom and in life experience. I think that taking a longer time to go through school is not only fine, but a wonderful idea for many college students.

    Congrats! Thanks for the honest reflection for us all.


  2. happy late birthday and congrats on your degree! these pictures look great! Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

  3. I enjoyed reading this post! I'm an English lit major who had to switch around schools a little bit too, so I understand what you mean completely. Congratulations and good luck!

  4. first i enjoyed reading this post and second, i think these are my fave pictures on your blog. love the one with the branches and you walking away and of course, the last one. you two are super sweet - love it!

  5. I also majored in journalism! I graduated in June 2010 after four years of VERY hard work, as I'm sure you know - plus being the Arts & Style editor on my school's paper for two 1/2 years and the Managing Editor of my school's yearbook and having an internship, plus my normal five classes in my first semester senior year. I look back now and am still astonished I survived!
    It's hard to find a job in the field, especially being born & raised and still living in New York where the competition for such jobs, not only from other New Yorkers, but from people around the country moving here to find an opportunity, is extremely steep. But, it's really the only thing I have ever wanted to do and it's something I think I'm good at ... I don't want to look back on my life and regret settling for something less than what made me happy, so I will continue to keep on keeping on until I land a job as a journalist!
    Congrats on graduating! I wish for much success and happiness in your future. :)

  6. Look at you. You two are stunning xx

    The pictures are dream like x

    hope to hear from you*
    love amy ^.^

  7. ahhh congrats girl! it is so hard for me to believe that i'm going to be a senior. time really does really, doesn't it? that last photo is too, too cute for words.

  8. Ahhh! I just saw you at Lola Coffee a few minutes ago and wanted to say Hi and tell you how much I absolutely love your blog and read it everyday, but then I thought that might be weird and then I got too shy...dang.

  9. I love your dress. Congratulations on finishing college. I majored in Anthropology & my last year was my most favourite year. It all kind of came together that year. Finishing college is something to be so proud of - enjoy!!

  10. i love this outfit. so adorable. i love the loose feel of the dress and the socks/boot combo is fantastic!

    i love that first photo of you that has the light burst through your arm, so pretty.

  11. Congratulations on your degree! :) That's such a great feeling.

    I'm seriously LOVING your outfit!

  12. you guys are so cute! it took me 4 and a half yrs to finish undergrad in journalism, only to realize a yr and a half later that i want a career in fashion! i start fashion school for an AA in fashion merchandising in july!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  13. I think it's so good that you took your time. I was pressured to rush through school, so I graduated from high school at 17 and had a B.A. in English at 20. I took a few years off before going to grad school and getting my M.A. in education at 24. Now, I wish that I had taken my time. I love teaching, but I can't do it forever. I'm thinking about an M.F.A. in creative writing now, or culinary school, or... So maybe things I'd like to be doing. : )

    I am so happy for you, and so excited for you to start grad school! I also love your knee socks.



  14. Um, you have AMAZING hair! How sweet of your boyf to let you take photos of him -- mine hates it, heehee. I graduated with a degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Woo-hoo!!!