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destination graduation

calitown

Today I fly out to Cali with my family for my twin sister‘s graduation. It’s super weird because she’s two minutes younger than me and yet she’ll be a college graduate before I am. I guess she deserves it though, after slaving away at Caltech for four years. Our next few days should look a little like this:

Wednesday 6/11 — Leave Albany at 6am (agggggggg!) headed for Southern California

Thursday 6/12 — Turn 22 and celebrate at Disneyland

Friday 6/13 — Watch my little sister (:P) graduate from college

Saturday 6/14 — Fly back to New York

Sunday 6/15 — Pray we make it back in time for my graduation!

Will it be a little cuckoo? Of course. But I am so glad that I am making this trip with my awesome family. We always have a fantastic time, no matter what in the world we are doing, and I think this whirl-wind adventure will be one for the books!

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mother’s day weekend

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that’s yours truly on the flute!

Where do I even begin with this weekend? On Friday afternoon I presented my Senior Thesis at my school’s annual Steinmetz Symposium. It went really well and both my father and The Boy were able to attend. It was so great sharing my work with my old professors, family, and friends. Then I had my last orchestra concertĀ ever on Friday night. We played Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 — a real favorite.

The Boy and I after my Prize Day ceremonies

me and The Boy after my Prize Day ceremonies

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yummy homemade chocolate covered strawberries for my momma!

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the whole family (minus cali twin) at the Tulip Fest

On Saturday I was inducted into Union’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. It was a really special honor as my mother and both of my grandmothers are also members. Afterwards the school celebrated with a beautiful brunch. Then that afternoon was Prize Day. Every year Union holds Prize Day in order to recognize special seniors (and some juniors and sophomores!) for their excellence and contributions to the school and community. The ceremony holds a lot of suspense as none of the recipients are announced until they have to walk up to the stage to receive their award! This year I was honored to receive three awards: the Andrew W. Archibald award “To the senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing,” the John Iwanik Prize “to an outstanding Russian language student” (and two of my other Russian language friends won with me!), and the Horatio G. Warner award “to a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program.” It was a beautiful and exciting ceremony.

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Finally, Sunday was Mother’s Day! I spent the day with my mom (and my family) at the Albany Tulip Festival. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was beautiful, the tulips were incredible, and with good food and good family there were lots of laughs šŸ™‚Ā At night The Boy and I celebrated our one year anniversary by satisfying our Chinese food cravings at P. F. Chang’s. Ā I hadn’t been there in a really long time, so itĀ was a nice treat.

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such a cutie!!

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YUM.

I can’t believe my weekend is over already! I had such an incredible time and although the weather is gorgeous today, it’s tough getting back to the grindstone. Anyone else missing their weekend?

my mom

my mom and me!

my mom and me!

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, there is no better time to reflect on how lucky I am to have such a wonderful mom. She already knows that I love her to death, but here are just some of the infinite reasons why I adore her:

1. She’s a fighter. Two years ago my mom slipped at work and broke her elbow. Despite having an arm filled with gizmos and gadgets she still set out to learn how to play golf recently and isn’t letting her injury get in the way of fun!

2. She’s aĀ very hard worker. Nine times out of ten if I call my mom during the work day she won’t pick up. It’s not because she doesn’t care, but because she’s working so darn hard! The woman works for Ellis Medicine here in Schenectady and spends her days running between the hospital’s two campuses, sitting in on meetings, and directing a plethora of people.

3. She still makes time for me! It’s funny — after transferring from BC to Union, I thought I would see my family all the time. Ironically enough, I actually see them less than when I was in Chestnut Hill. Really it’s because we’re all so happy and involved now, but my mom still takes time to meet up for a treat once in a while and grab a special bite to eat together during the day.

6. She is brave. After earning her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University at Albany, my mom did her first semester of Law School at Columbia University. Despite the name and the prestige (and the city!), she hated her time there. That December she made one of the bravest decisions, which has also helped me with my personal journey through school: she decided to quit. Just like that she scratched what had been her life plan since she was a little girl and instead followed what felt right. I haveĀ so much respect for her decision. If my mom wasn’t able to make this tough move, I don’t know if I would have ever found the courage to transfer out of BC. My mother is a very rational and sensible person and for her to have made this decision is such a strong move in my mind.

7. She knows how to treat herself. My mom is the first to say no when I or my sisters ask for a candy bar at the check-out line of a store (to this day I think it is an unbelievable treat when she actually agrees!), but the lady does know when pampering is permitted. After years of unwillingly driving around the “mom van,” she finally got a sporty spice car just for herself!

8. She is supportive. Neither of my parents were ever sticklers about my grades or extra-curricular activities (my twin and I were so competitive with each other that my parents actually had to tell us toĀ stop trying so hard). Nonetheless, my mom always knows when to be the cheerleader. She has come to every one of my concerts, awards ceremonies, and events without me even needing to ask her! At the end of the day, what more could a daughter ask for?

I love you, Mom! You are my greatest role model! xoxo, Cat

Is your mother visiting the Capital Region for the holiday? Take her to Albany’s annual Tulip Festival! It is always a great time!

go union!

hockey

Tomorrow our Men’s Hockey team has their highly anticipated game against RPI at 7:30pm at the Times Union Center. I will be there cheering on our Garnet guys! Let’s just say that after Saturday’s game there will be a reason it’s called the Times UNION Center… go Dutchmen!! šŸ™‚