My (almost) college grad
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|Mon, 06-16-2014 - 10:49am|
I'm happy to report that my girly is doing well. She walked in May's commencement ceremony. Now she's doing an HR internship abroad in Dublin. She officially gets her diploma when she returns in August & submits a final paper. [I jokingly call it her "What I did on my Summer Vacation" paper... LOL!] Her degree will be "Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences" with a concentration in Human Capital & Society, Economics cognate, Business emphasis.
She flew to Dublin on Sunday of Memorial Weekend. The Friday before she left, she had an informal "interview" (more Q&A session) with her Dublin employer during which she discovered her job's dress code is business formal. Uh-oh... Girl only owned one business suit. The rest of her wardrobe is mainly "college chic" (meaning lots of jeans & hoodies), though she did have many pieces that could have passed as "business casual." Panic set in. How were we going to find a whole "business formal" wardrobe & required alterations in two days - during Memorial Weekend!?!? The girl is 5'0" and all of a size two - anything we found was very likely to need shortening/alterations. I took the rest of that Friday off work for "emergency shopping." I called in a huge favor w/ a close friend who does alterations, and who (luckily for us) had no travel plans that weekend. We got DD suited up - and luck beyond luck - nothing required alterations!!! It's like those suits were tailored just for her. I called my friend - told her to go ahead & take the weekend off, and thanked her profusely for being willing & able to help on such short notice.
DD's been in Dublin about a month now, is loving her job - and is especially loving the weekends exploring Ireland. Dad is having a hard time w/ his baby being away as DD is most definitely "Daddy's Girl." If she goes 24 hours w/o posting something on FB or dropping us a text message - he starts to worry. During her first week, before she started her job full-time, she spent her days "tourist-ing" around Dublin, posting tons & tons of pictures. Now that she's working full-time, those types of FB posts are not as frequent. I finally asked her to at least send a "Hi Dad, I'm OK" type of message at least once a day - LOL!
Me... I do miss DD a lot. But even moreso, I'm happy & excited for her. When I was her age I was working and finishing college myself, all while raising a tenacious little daughter. While I would have loved to have been able to travel - I wouldn't trade my life for the world. I'm so proud of what DD has achieved so far in life, and happy that she has embarked upon and is fully embracing this wonderful life experience. She never fails to amaze me.