Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Master's Graduation

I graduated!! Three months ago. Here are some of the things you missed. Don't feel too bad, I feel like I almost missed them!

In December of 2009 I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master's in Library and Information Science.

In order to do so I had to present a poster in November (this was not a smooth process):

(Don't too closely, there is a lot I would change.)

Here are some of the people I captured supporting me at this event:

Left to Right:
Amber Skoglund, Angela Murillo, Jim Elmborg (Program Director), Me

Left to Right:
Katie Pauls, Me, Annette Bramstedt
My roommates also showed up between the busy events of their day. And my family and boyfriend were helping from a distance. Don't underestimate this statement, they went through a lot to get this done. I felt so supported and blessed. It almost made the misery worth while!
Graduation was December 18th, but I did NOT walk or get all cap and gown-y. There are many reasons for this
1) My family and boyfriend were in Utah
2) My good friends and roommates were busy enough with finals and winter break depatures (moving, vacation, etc.)
3) I didn't want to pay for the event
4) I was moving to Utah the day after the event.
All in all is just wasn't going to be worth the added headache.
Instead I decided to spend time with the people fell in love while in Iowa.
Here are some picutres:
This is my fellows group. Nine of us were awarded a fellowship because we wanted to make Digital Librarianship the focus of our degree. The man on the right is our advisor: Paul Soderdahl. One of our cohorts (Minglu) is not pictured because she had already gotten a job. Two others currently have jobs. The rest of us are still looking.

This is the picture of the group of December graduates who decided to show up for a party and pictures along with some of the faculty of the department. Patricia Katapol is the one hiding her face.

I had a going away cupcake party at our beautiful historic home and invited the LDS Iowa City Singles Branch. Here is a great picture of my roommates (minus Heidi who is elusive).
Left to right: Amy Scott, Kristan Sorenson, Lina Feirra, Me in front
There are many, many more. They are on my other computer, but I believe they are on my facebook page as well.

Here are two of my best friends from the program, Annette and Katie. They are scheduled to graduate this Spring. Yay!! Yay, them!
There are many more people of which I did not get the pictures I wanted. I guess there just weren't enough hours in the day.
Within 24 hours of when several of these pictures were taken I had myself and the rest of my belongings (most of them made the journey in a moving truck over Thanksgiving break), along with Lina and Kristan and their luggage piled into my car for the journey back to Utah. We made the trip with a good friend, German Ellsworth who was also moving back to Utah. Two cars, two people moving and two people coming to visit family for Christmas. What a great adventure!! I couldn't have found better people to make the drive with.
Next week I will post another backdated update to let you know how Christmas and my brithday went! Stay tuned.