I had my exit interview for the WVU Honors College this week. I didn't really know what it was about - I though they would assess me and make sure I was still qualified to graduate from the Honors College or something... Wrong-o. All I had to do was tell them what was awesome about the HC and what they could improve on. So... SWEET.
I would definitely recommend an HC experience to anyone if they had the chance. I don't know how they run at other big universities, but it was a god-send to have it here. It gave me the chance to have honors courses each semester that had a max. of 25 students. I didn't try to take my honors courses in my subject field, instead I chose those that were taught by amazing professors. Best. Experience. Ever. Pseudoscience, Human Sexuality (yes, we talked about all those taboo things like masturbation and sex positions and...*gasp*...we watched porn - and filmed live births w/o anything left out, ack), Life Choices, City as Text (where I walked all around Morgantown instead of remaining in the classroom and explored all the history that is around town), Social Psychology, and Biometry (okay, okay, that one was in my field). I gained SO much knowledge on sweet subjects from people who were SO into their field of study. It truly makes a huge difference when professors are really enthusiastic about their subject.
So I checked out of the Honors College, shook the Dean's hand - he's also been my adviser for four years - and was handed these:
And then, as I walked home, it slowly dawned on me - I'm graduating. I'm graduating college. College is over. I've always thought about this, and dreamed about this, and so many things, but DOING this? Wow. Its going to happen whether I'm ready or not. Super exciting. And super scary. But walking across that stage in that gold gown amidst a sea of navy gowns will be so amazing. My biggest achievement so far.
But damn, the real world is just looming over me. I want to get my Master's of Science, but when and where are still up in the air. I know the perfect opportunity will pop up when I'm ready for it, and I know it'll be awesome. Just gotta keep my eyes and ears open for it. Until then...
Real world, are you ready for me? 'Cause here I come to take you for a test drive.