50% spring filter for a belated first day of spring photo. Also, I grabbed the wrong bag and my pen is elsewhere so I’m left to live-blog from my phone–but yay for free campus wifi!

It’s Gradfest, and I haven’t set foot in this place since December. I just finished taking my graduation portraits and bought a cap and tassel because that’s the least I can do for my family since I decided not to walk.

But things truly came to fruition when I put on a certified cap and gown, kindly requested the ‘2015’ tassel, and happily posed for 4-5 shots, holding up props and an SDSU pennant with the biggest “yeaaaaah fishezzzzz” smile that I haven’t flashed since my diploma arrived in the mail, this past winter.

And now, I’m somewhere I haven’t been able to fully enjoy during my time at SDSU, a quiet oasis in the midst of an academic metropolis, doing the one thing that felt impossible to achieve in all my years at this school: relaxing.

Electric Relaxation.

One of my favorite bits of wisdom comes to mind:

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

And a warm feeling emanates from this beating thing in my thoracic cavity. I think about the bittersweet relationship I had with this school, and the current State( haha) of our affair, and it occurs to me that I’m full blown happy.

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.



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