May 20, 2010

The time of my life

When graduation season approaches, I oftentimes nostalgically reflect back on my college career. I spent four wonderful years at Elon University in N.C. and wouldn't trade my college experience for anything in the world. As a 2006 grad, it's hard to believe I've now been out of school for as long as I was in school. I miss the beautiful campus, my friends and sorority sisters, my professors and the value that Elon upholds, but I am also proud of the life I've built and how far I've come since graduation.

This being the case, I realized there was no better time than now to pick up a copy of "Commencement." The book is said to focus on four girls who are reuniting four years after their college graduation for a wedding and it reflects back to the college years and their experiences since then. It "captures the intensity of college friendships, first loves and explores the complicated and contradictory landscape facing young women today."

"Their friendships have changed, but they're still devoted to each other. Together, they experience the ecstatic highs and painful lows of early adulthood."


This sounds quite similar to the nature of my college friendships today. Although we live in different cities scattered across the East coast, when we get together it's like nothing has changed. We are all growing separately and our lives are being shaped by the paths we've taken, but we are all cheering each other on and supporting each other's goals and dreams as we conquer the 20s.

No one ever told me how hard the 20s would be. I agree that it's full of ups and downs, happy times and disappointments, but I know each experience has made me the strong woman I am today. I can look back on the past few years and see how far I've come. I truly feel that these are the make or break it years that will mold you into the person you're meant to be.

The book is said to show how things apply to the girls' real lives after college in the matters of love, work and family. I am interested to read what happens as I have worked hard to find a balance between all these things. It's a labor of love.

I look forward to diving into this book and will let you know what I think.

For now, Long Live Elon and love to my friends near and far.

14 comments:

SouthernBelleJM said...

I just added this to my goodreads.com to-read list. My college besties came in town last weekend, and I so know what you mean. I miss them. And, the latter twenties weren't all that easy for me. They were about finding myself. Looking forward to checking this out!

Lindsey said...

I'm definitely going to have to go pick up that book ASAP, sounds intriguing!

JGIWC said...

What a beautiful post! I will definitely be picking up that book as well.

QueenBeeSwain said...

I'm gonna quote MoMo right now- "... old friends are the best friends, because they know where we've been and where we're going."

xoox

kHm

***Positively Preppy in Pink*** said...

Yes, indeed -- LONG LIVE ELON!! I am getting a little teary eyed just thinking about all of the special relationships I made while at Elon!

I might have to check out that book too!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

This looks like a great book! Plus, afterward it will look great on a bookshelf. :)

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

One of best friends' sister went to Elon!! Beautiful campus!! :)

That book sounds REALLY good!!!! Can't wait to hear what you thought!

Suzanne said...

One of my biggest regrets is that I did not go away to college. I stayed locally and missed out on dorms, sororities and many other things. I got a good education and had fun...but still:-) Sounds like great memories...and hopefully a great book!

BAH said...

I loved that book. It was very true to the college experience and the girlfriends you make while you're there (at least for me - I'm still very close to my three roommates for freshman year). It's hard to believe how fast college goes by - I've been out for a year!

College Prepster said...

I read it... It's kind of weird.. Not what I thought.. Buttttt, the girl gets married to a georgetown alum!! haha

A Wedding Story said...

I can completely relate! Where has the time gone? For me it has been 6 years and I think everything is flying by way too fast!

LuvRedandWhite said...

I enjoyed that book :) It is hard to believe how quickly time flies! I thought I had my life figured out when I graduated college...thank GOODNESS I was wrong! :)

MCW said...

Read the book and loved the book...metioned it in one of my recent posts.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

This book sounds great! I know my girls would especially love it. Oh, if you ever get up this way to visit Elon, we will have to get together. Elon is a great school and a pretty campus. Love & blessings from NC!

 
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