Technically, commencement next Spring would be May 3.
My cousin Tiffany is getting married the weekend before (in Iron Mountain, MI) on April 26th.
And 5 weeks later, my cousin Adam is getting married (around Antioch, IL) on June 7.
Most of our greater family members will be spending a lot of money to attend both of these weddings. Some people will have to pick and choose which they can go to (Adam's is going to be the big party. Location and timing are better for most).
Personally, I don't know if I'll make it to Tiffany's...that's the weekend between classes ending and finals beginning...and I'll have my big senior thesis/research project thing.
Now, I wasn't really planning on walking in the commencement ceremony. It's been two years and I still don't feel a huge connection to UCF. I was assuming I'd get a party, but it would be in Florida and the only people I'd get presents (read: money) from would be my parents and two aunts...all people who have to try to afford transportation for two weddings in 6 weeks, not to mentioned the big money/gifts for the newlyweds.
Some how, graduating college seems so much less important. Gah, I'm screwed as far as free money goes. I'll be lucky to get $500 in all. That won't help in getting myself settled somewhere after college or providing a "it's okay if I don't find a job right away" buffer.
But I'm about to take out my 4th student loan and dear god, I'm drowning in debt (I'm currently in over $80,000 and about to take out at least $15,000 more). I don't understand how people get through college without massive loans. I don't know how people's parents have the ability to save money for college. I wish I had a rich uncle.
I thought $100,000 education debts were just for people who got really good, Ivy League educations and were guaranteed a job upon graduating. How the hell did such a crappy education cost me so much money?!