Exceptional Seniors Awards

by - May 17, 2018

Here is yet another post about school - I really meant it when I said school has taken over my life this month, haha! If you're sick of only seeing academic content by now, never fret. This will be the last school-related post, aside from my big post about graduation (and my Disney trip following the ceremony...stay tuned!)

Moving on - this past Tuesday, I was so, so honored to be recognized as one of the top 10% of my major's graduating class. It came as a complete and total surprise - it's an award you are nominated for by faculty from your major. I got to know a few of my professors during my three years at Cal State Northridge, and they've become a real source of support for me. I still can't believe they thought of me when they were reviewing the student body and deciding who to choose! As silly as it sounds, I didn't realize I made enough of an impression to be considered an outstanding CADV student. I can't adequately describe how much this nomination means to me...I'm going to be glowing about it for a while!!

I wasn't quite sure what to expect of the ceremony. For starters, I had no idea how many of us were being awarded; would it be a small group of 10, or a large group of 100?? Was it going to be formal or informal? It turned out to be one of the most special, intimate events I've ever been to. It was in our University's Student Union, which is a newly remodeled area of campus that has several grand conference rooms. The room this was in, the Grand Salon, accommodated about 100-200 people, so it was a good size but wasn't overwhelmingly large. About 30 of us students were being recognized. We were allowed to bring two guests, so I brought my mom and sister (my dad had to work).

When we first walked in, there was a red carpet leading to the tables that were decorated nicely with tablecloths and centerpieces. They had some really delicious sandwiches, salad, cheeses, and fruit, and also some strawberry lemonade that was so tasty! Two of my favorite teachers hosted the ceremony, and different alumni from my department came back and shared their success stories - really inspiring. After that, each Exceptional Senior was called up to receive a CADV stole, a certificate, and shake hands with the department chair (Dr. Wakefield is the best!) There was a small raffle later, which I lost (lol), but we were all given a beautiful customized portfolio case that I will definitely make use of when I enter the work force.

Dr. Russell

Dr. Grote

Dr. Moschetti

Afterwards, I took tonssss of photos with friends and teachers, and my mom and I wound up talking to one of my professors, Dr. Grote, for like 45 mins - she is such a doll! Haha. It was such a great night - it totally exceeded all my expectations, and it's an end-of-school memory I'm going to hold very close to my heart.

PS - can't find a link to my dress anymore. It's from A&F and is a year old.

Graduation is just 4 days away...in the words of the Grinch, "It's practically here!!"....have a wonderful weekend <3 <3 <3

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