It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later.

Today’s post is a break from the usual “What I’m Into” posts that you’ve come to expect on Fridays. But part of the reason that I love this blog is that I can share bits of my personal life with all of you.

This weekend (beginning tonight), I’ll be graduating from the University of Pittsburgh. I have had the best four years of my life here, and this place has become my second home. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad about graduating, because truthfully, I really am. I’ve met lifelong friends, worked my butt off, and made great memories.

 There was the time my friends and I took the wrong bus and got stranded. There was the time we took another wrong bus and had to walk really far. Oh, and there was the time that my friend and I were stranded in the North Shore after a Steelers game.

Now that I think about it, there are a lot of memories involving public transportation mishaps.

There was the time I wore heels on Halloween…in the snow. The time I sat in the hallway with my floormates pigging out on buffalo wing pretzels.

I saw exciting wins and devastating losses. #LifeofaPittfan

I cried because I thought I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.

But I also laughed. I laughed a lot; the kind of laughing that makes you cry.

I still remember my first day at Pitt. My parents helped me unpack and rearrange my room (and then put it back in its original arrangement) in my hot room. My room had no air conditioning. Lucky me.

On that day, I remember thinking to myself that four years would never come.

Well, I was wrong. When people tell you to enjoy college because it goes by so quickly, they really mean it. But boy, have I really enjoyed these past four years. I think that’s why it’s so hard to say goodbye.

But then I realize, I’m not really saying goodbye. Now, I’ll be an alumna instead of a student, but Pitt will always be a part of me. #HailtoPitt

So it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later. See you later, Pitt.

  • Michaela Fisch
    April 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Ellen this made me cry! So beautifully written. I cant believe we're graduating. Congrats and have a wonderful weekend! xo

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  • runningalyssa
    April 25, 2015 at 12:54 am

    This was written so well! I know I have no experience with leaving college, but I totally understand what you're talking about. As a girl who has been to six different schools in 10 years, I know what it is like to leave so many places. At nearly each new school I thought it would be never as good as the one before, but each time I was wrong. I have enjoyed my time at all the schools I've been to. Even though where I am now is not my favorite place, odds are by the time I'm graduating, I'll be crying just like the people who have been here all their life.

    Running Alyssa

  • Lindsay Ava
    April 26, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations! It must feel so amazing, but also all these different emotions. I can't wait to graduate in a few years, but it will also be scary to venture out into the working world 🙂

  • Kelly
    April 28, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Congratulations, what a big step!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes