The Aftermath

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I did it.

I’m done.

I finished my last final on Friday, December 9th @ 11:24 AM. I walked down the GIANT staircase for the last time, to my car, came home…and didn’t know what to do with myself.

I went to work, had a viewing for a young kid and a lot of people showed up. Ran around like crazy, but everything closed down smoothly. Went to work early on Saturday morning. Went to a nice dinner Saturday night. Ate a late night snack at Denny’s with my dude because I hadn’t gotten to hang out with him for days. SLEPT IN FOR ONCE. Got lunch/dinner with grandparents and parents in celebration for my graduation.

It’s now Sunday night, and I’m sitting here wondering what to do with myself. I don’t have anything due tomorrow; no tests to study for, no discussion boards due. The only thing I HAVE to do, is sign up to take my National Board Exam (NBE) once I get the email. I’m kind of nervous for the NBE, and I have to get it done before December 31st in order to actually receive my diploma.

I also need to register to take my Embalmer’s test. I want to get that out of the way now, so that when I complete my apprenticeship, I automatically get my license. That’s something I feel I can push into January though, so I’m gonna take my time on that.

It’s still not setting in, and I’m sure it’s gonna take a while, but right now I’m just glad to be sitting here with a glass of Jameson watching television without a care in the world. Life is good.

Finally Finals

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I know I said I wasn’t going to post until I was a graduate, but it’s been a hell of a week, and there’s only one more left, so I wanted to get it all down before it’s too late.

Right now, it’s the Thursday before finals. The last week of test. The last week of school. I’m so BEYOND ready to be done with it all! I took 4 tests on Monday, 3 today, and then 1 everyday next week (2 on Friday), and then I’m DONE!

It still feels a little unreal. I’ve been doing countdowns to finishing semesters for over a decade now (I know, I know! I’m old and I need to get out of school already! I’m workin on it!), but this time it’s different. I’m going to be DONE done with school, and it’s probably not gonna feel like it’s over for quite a while.

I’m steps closer to completing my computer class. We register for the National Board Exam (NBE) on Monday and take the last of the practice tests. I finish my embalming lecture on Tuesday, and I finished my lab today! Wednesday is my restorative arts final, then Thursday’s Chemistry. Then finally, Friday morning is my Counseling final, and then I wrap it up with the capstone final in the afternoon

I wish I could go celebrate when I’m out on Friday, but I’ll have work that night and then early morning on Saturday. So after work on Saturday, I’ll go celebrate/schmooze potential new employer(!) at my friend’s company Christmas party. It’s gonna feel real like to get out and feel like a person again.

I’m gonna have to go back and see just how many tests/quizzes I took over the 18 month program, because I’m sure it’s stupid how many we took. I mean hell, I’m about to take 14 test over the last 10 days of school, so I’m gonna guess somewhere around 100 tests *dies*.

I just spent way too much time making paper cranes/stars and stringing them into a “wreath” for our memorial ceremony for our counseling class tomorrow. I just hope it goes smoothly and it’s not as stupid as I feel it’s about to be. I wish I had committed to paper cranes when I thought of it at Thanksgiving, that way I could’ve actually made one for every case in lab like I wanted to, but 149 paper cranes in a day and a half wasn’t happening. Oh well, the meaning’s still there.

Off to bed now, one week…one week…*sigh*