You know, I almost didn't come here. It wasn't even my first choice. I didn't even want to come to BYU. It just seemed like an extension of high school to me. But somehow I ended up here.
After my first year, I almost transferred to ASU. I wanted to go so bad. But I stayed. Then I almost transferred to BYU-Hawaii. I had already been accepted, and I was looking for housing and everything! But again, I decided to stayed. And boy am I glad I did. Everything happens for a reason, guys. Looking back, every experience I've had over the last 5 years has been completely necessary for me to be where I am today. The ups and the downs. Especially the downs.
I think of one particular experience. What a lot of you may not know is that I came to BYU as a cello performance major. After my first year here, I decided for a few reasons not to do that anymore. As a result, I wasn't allowed back into the symphony. This broke my heart. I never remember crying so hard in my entire life. Cello was my life! That's what I was here for! I had never not been in orchestra. I had never failed, especially when it came to cello. This is who I was. I was the girl who played cello. That's who I had been for so long, and without it, I didn't really know who I was. I was so so lost.
I call the next year my 'lonely year'. I think it's important for every girl to have a year like this, or at least some period of time. A time where they focus completely on themselves. In that year I spent more time alone than I ever had before. I lived with a girl named Jessica, who basically just let me tag along with her and her friends doing amazing things. I met so many amazing people. For example, you know the guys who used to hang out at 7/11? You know, the guys with the really huge beards who probably really creeped you out. Yeah, I know them. I went to my first haunted house with them.
This was one of the best years of my entire life. I exploded out of my comfort zone. I found myself. I figured out who I was, what I wanted, and I was really confident in those things. I spent time around people I didn't know, doing things I had never done before. At one point I even ended up on a blind date where I met a girl who told me I should do Advertising, and that's how I picked my major.
One bus route, a couple games of Truth or Dare, and a few mix tapes later, I ended up in the band, where I met some guys who ended up being some of my closest friends, family really. From there I played cello, had some AMAZING experiences, and met so so so many great people. One of them being Casey.
I wish I could share with you all of the stories I have tucked away from the last 5 years. Maybe I'll write a book one day titled "My sort-of-slutty-but-not-really college experience". Okay I admit it, this isn't the first time I've thought of that. But enough of my sappy reminiscence, you're here for the pictures.
What's graduation without a jumping picture?