The feeling of the end of the semester is an awesome one, whether you’re a student or an employee, like me. There’s something in the air, an expectation, an excitement.
Today, May 9, more than 1,200 students will graduate from Ivy Tech Northeast–more than ever before. That’s pretty incredible. What an accomplishment, and what pride. If you’re reading this on Friday, my coworkers and I are probably at the Memorial Coliseum setting up for graduation. It’ll be hectic, but oh, how important. It’s the entire point of each one of us employed here, ya know?
I asked the campus–students, new graduates, and employees–to share their summertime plans with me and send over a selfie if they had a sec. Whether they’re graduating, taking more classes, going on a memorable vacation (or honeymoon, in at least one instance), or recovering from knee surgery (ouch!), we wish every one of you a summer to remember.
First, let’s start off with a graduate, shall we? (And please share your own summertime plans in the comments.)
“I feel excited and overwhelmed about my upcoming summer. I will be completing my externship at the VA Medical Center and also looking for my first home. After several great years at Ivy Tech, I will have my associate degree in Health Care Support with three concentrations: in phlebotomy, emergency medical technician-basic, and medical office administration by August 2014. I am looking forward to the years ahead of me.
“I will be walking on Friday I am overjoyed and happy this day is finally here. I will try and enjoy every minute and learn from these great opportunities that are placed in front of me.” ~ Amber Screeton, Health Care Support
“I’ll be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, to visit family members. I am looking forward to seeing famous masterpieces at the (State) Hermitage (Museum), exquisite architecture, and the midnight sun! En route back, my daughter and I will visit Dutch friends in Amsterdam. So far our plans there include the Anne Frank home and the Corrie ten Boom watch shop and home, both historical sites from World War II.” ~ Jeannie Johnson, instructor, English for Speakers of Other Languages
“I am traveling to Fallon, Nev., to see my son, daughter-in-law, and 3-year-old grandson. While there, I will get to see Lake Tahoe for the first time in my life. We will also drive to Virginia City to see the ‘old west’ style of living.” ~ Debra Boyer, Office Administration student
“This summer I will be taking four automotive classes and working at Parkview Field as a cashier.” ~ Stephen Stuber, Automotive Technology student
“How I will spend my summer 2014: second knee replacement. Ugh! There is nothing more to say.” ~ Mary Musson, instructor, Early Childhood Education