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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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After four years of class, homework, stress, and the other day-to-day annoyances of college life, I finally have a certificate showing that I know my B. S.

B. S. in Applied Science, that is. Not a B. S. In Computer Science, because then I'd have to have taken fewer CS courses and more general science. Yes, that's stupid and backwards. I was originally going for the B. S. C. S., but I decided it was worth switching plans to avoid Intro to Chemistry.

Commencement was... well, it was something, I'm just not sure what. It involved bored students in the ArtSci section throwing around a pair of beach balls and a small inflatable orca whale, and someone in the Business section responding by tying off and inflating one of the rain ponchos we were provided with and using it in much the same way. Dean Sansalone got booed as she was introduced, reflecting her unpopular policy changes, and at the end after the traditional throwing of hats (although I held onto mine) someone decided that the ponchos would be more amusing to throw, and I have to agree that it was.

My neck and face are sunburned on one side from facing the same way for three hours, and I'm just tired and exhausted overall. There were way too many people in way too small a space, and that still tends to tire me out. It was an interesitng expereince, but I do think I can understand why my grandfather tends to skip such events.

I'm going (back) to bed now. I just figured this was a reasonably appropriate thing to post about.

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I have a video of a beach ball at my commencement the other day- it got confiscated and everyone booed the marshal for taking it. Fortunately, mine was indoors, but involved about 1000 students, zzzz. And that was only ONE of the three commencements!

You're lucky you got to throw your hats- my group wasn't allowed to, and I can see why. The held this at NIU's Convocation center, which is where sporting events are held. So it's like a giant indoor arena. There were so many people there that they packed the stands and had to pull out seating so that there were people sitting a hot dog's throw away. (People got hungry and had friends/family hit up the snack bar.) If the class were to throw their caps, most of the audience would have been impaled!

Overall, I think once is fine. I might go to mine for grad school, but overall it's quite boring after you get about two pages of names in.

According to reports, they fit 15,000 people into the Quad here (around 2500 of whom were graduating seniors). The entire Quad was packed with small folding chairs edge-to-edge, and there were people standing on and in the nearby buildings. Absolute and total fire hazard, of course...

The commencement ceremony here didn't have peoples' names read. That's only done at the individual undergrad/graduate recognition ceremonies for the individual schools. They figure this drags on long enough without that.

I'm pretty sure a wide and creative variety of the behavior exhibited was technically not permitted, but nobody cared enough to do anything about it.

Yaaaay for you! Still in town? Did Rak make it down? Etc, etc, etc.


And congrats! I'm taking a break from school for a while to get some money and just be able to focus on one thing at a time. That way, when I'm all done, I'll be so bored I'll be all "OMG SCHOOL YAY! <3"

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