This past week, my parents came to visit. Though my dad came with me to Cornell the first time, my mom had never been on the east coast. She arrived with a little bout of motion sickness, so we were unable to go anywhere for the day (I made things worse by getting lost around NJ) except dinner that night with Clamee's parents. Friday morning, after getting some medicine for her, we made our way to NYC. We walked around quite a bit and saw Time Square, Ground Zero, Battery Park (the line to see the statue was insanely long), Little Italy, Chinatown, and Central Park. The weather was amazing! The last time I was in the city was during the winter, so seeing Central Park at this time of year was very nice.
I'm glad that our parents got along so well. They talked non-stop for the two days we were in New Jersey and apparently the same on the four hour drive to Cornell (they drove in one car, me and Clamee in another). When we got into Ithaca, we all packed into one car and drove to the wineries. It's been said that this area is the second largest winery in the country behind California. I did some tasting at our first stop. I'm not much of a wine connoisseur, but I did enjoy most of the wine that I tried. I didn't try any more after that stop-- I figured that I should drive since our parents were in no condition to drive. The weather was absolutely beautiful again, so we took some nice pictures around the vineyards.
Clamee's departmental ceremony was on Saturday as well, so we headed back to campus to prepare for that. Did you know that Cornell's Electrical Engineering department was the first in the country? I thought that was a nice bit of information. Anyhow, I took a short video of Clamee walking to get her diploma. I was shaking the camera a little because I was so excited for her. :) Also, her parents are the loudest yellers/clappers! We're all very proud of her.
Seeing all those kids go up on stage, I thought about my ceremony for the next day and started to feel a great sense of accomplishment. However, it wouldn't be until Sunday afternoon that I would receive my official diploma after the grand ceremony (we had a university-wide ceremony in addition to our departmental ones). The path to graduation was never easy. In fact, I got my butt kicked so hard my first year at Cornell (it was a huge leap in academic rigor). Nevertheless, I was fortunate enough to get a good internship-- not because of my poor grades (obviously), but I was told because of my desire for a greater challenge and better opportunities for growth and development (the Cornell name helped a little too).
In three weeks, I will be starting a job that five years ago, I would've never imagined that I would get. Looking back, transferring was probably one of the most important decisions in my life thus far. I'm thankful for all the support that my friends and family have given to me and I'm grateful for the position I am in to take the next step in life.
... but that next step will wait for another three weeks. :) In less then ten hours, Clamee and I are headed off to Germany. I have a few uncles in Munich, so they'll probably show us around the country. We're also planning on making stops in Vienna and Prague (everybody has told us that Prague is a MUST SEE). Anyhow, we'll report back after the trip! I have tons of pics from grad weekend and most likely will have more from the trip, so there will be one huge photo update on my web page in about two weeks.
Well, that's it for now. 'Till next time!