Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The End of An Era

After 5 long years I have reached the end of my path at BYU-Idaho! I graduated on Saturday April 10, 2010.
So here are some statistics of my last few years.


Riviera 6- Fall 2005, Winter 2006, Fall 2006, and Winter 2007
Riviera 15-Fall 2007 and Winter 2008
Brooklyn 208- Summer 2008
Danbury Manor Apt. 4- Fall 2008
Mountain Pines 309- Winter 2009
Mountain Pines 110- Fall 2009
House in Arizona
Apartment in Idaho Falls Winter 2010

Roommates: Lizzie Anderson, Emily Anderson, Andrea Merrell (Roerig), Whitney Kriser, Erin Zane (Pitcher) Lorinda "Dori" Smith (Allred), Heather Moss, Mallory Douge, Abby Salmond, Jenna Trentman (Price), Ashley Willman (Greene), Maria Ricks, Abby Simpson (McGrew?), Allyn Harker, Kristie Muir (Kasperson), Jodi Goodwin, Marlene Nelson, Tracey Lockwood (Leder), Tiffany Bird "T-Bird", Elizabeth Field (Cowan), Kacia Field (Moser), Stacie Marquiss, Stacia Hullinger, Daisy Heiner (Hegstrom), Charisse Gardner, Katherine Fleming, Amy Benkenstein, Tori Dickson, Mikyla Powell, Annette Mickey, Hillary Kohler, Angela Richardson (Neilson), Bekah Pingel, Erin Bee, Jamie Harrington, Ashley Zollinger, Laura Denton, Elizabeth Lovell (Valentine), Heather Grant, and Hada Aroch.

Holy Snap!!! I've lived with 40 different girls!!! I actually didn't realize how many roommates I've had until I just counted them. And the majority of these fabulous girls can be seen in the pictures to the right!

Not to mention the friends/apartments that I've had that might as well have been roommates (you know who you are! there's not enough room to list everyone!)

Wards: BYU-Idaho 1st, 20th, 82nd, 6th, 19th as well as Eden Park in Mesa, and the IF 1st YSA Branch and the St. Leon 2nd YSA Branch.

More FHE siblings that I care to imagine and sadly more than I can count and probably name and numberless friends from classes and wards that I've been in.

18 credits- the most credits I took in a single semester
14 credits-the least amount of credits I took in a single semester

140 credits! Including 1 Associates Degree and 1 Bachelor's Degree!

I'm so happy I decided to walk for graduation! Originally I wasn't going to, but after I'm glad I did, it was a good conclusion to my time at BYU-Idaho.

I got to go to the Commencement Speaker with Elder Jay E. Jensen and I got to sit next to Heather Moss one of my favorite old roommates who might as well be a sister!

Here's a picture of us afterwards!

I was also lucky enough to have my parents come to the Commencment Address as well as the actual Convocation.

For Convocation I was emailed before hand and because my GPA was one the of top 5 in my major I was asked to take part in the program so I got to pick my part (O or C. Prayer, Scripture Reading a Talk or a Musical Number) so I chose the scripture reading because I figured it was the one I could mess up the least :D. The scripture was the theme of the ceremony which was D&C 88:118.

"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning, even by study and also by faith."

Happily my friend Crystal Johnson was also selected (she gave one of the talks) and we got to sit on the stand in the Hinckley together. And then because we helped we were the first people to walk across the stage and receive our diploma covers.

My cousin Danielle Kauer Anderson also graduated this semester with her Associates degree and we were in the same Convocation so we were able to get a picture afterwards.

One of my old roommates Maria Ricks also drove up from working in Jerome, ID to attend my convocation and she stayed with me Friday night and part of Saturday night.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to go to BYU-Idaho and for the friendships that I've formed and the blessings that I've received because of my experiences there. I've learned things there that I would never have had the opportunity to elsewhere.

I am very happy however to have reached the end of my time at BYU-I and I look forward to other adventures that I'll have in life after college!


Maria Ricks said...

I wish you a joyful new era, Dee!

Valerie said...

Congrats!! That's awesome!!