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Rebecca Smith, B.B.A.

Friday afternoon, I graduated with my Bachelor of Business Administration. :D

I wasn’t all too excited about the actual ceremony; if anything it was stressing me out. Both Andrew and I’s family arrived in Kansas City around 1:00pm and the ceremony was at 4:00pm. In total, there were 13 of us, which was a lot of people to be crammed into our little apartment!

I arrived at school about an hour before the ceremony for the robing and to get in line. It was really disorganized, so I ended up just standing for pretty much the whole hour. I found quite a few classmates that I knew, so the time passed pretty quickly as we talked.  My feet were killing me, though. I had bought a new pair of heeled booties for the ceremony, but after standing in them for so long, I was ready to take them off!

I tried to spot my family during the processional, but there were so many people that I didn’t manage to find them right away. I didn’t spot them until I was actually lining up to walk across the stage and I spotted my mom and gave her a little wave.

I felt a little special because I had received Latin Honors, so when they called my name, they also announced Summa Cum Laude, meaning “with highest distinction.” I got a special medal to wear with my gown for the Latin honor. It varies from school to school, but for the business school I was within, Summa Cum Laude is anyone with a 3.85+ GPA. My final GPA ended up being a 3.93 so I was really proud of myself for almost achieving straight As. ;)

My Graduation

After the ceremony, we met away from the crowd by the library to take some pictures. As I’m looking through them, the heeled booties were worth the pain because they are so cute. :<

We ordered from our favorite Kansas City BBQ restaurant, Oklahoma Joe’s, afterwards for dinner. There were 13 of us altogether, so just called it in and picked it up. On a normal Friday night, the line can be an hour and a half long so I knew it wouldn’t be practical to eat at the restaurant. It was just as good. :D

On Saturday, Andrew had his Spanish graduation where he graduated with his Bachelor of Art in Spanish. I brought my phone to read a bit while guest speakers spoke or they called everyone else’s name. ;)

Then on Sunday, Andrew graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At this one, they announced both of his degrees while he crossed the stage. I had teased earlier that he could wear my medal since he didn’t receive a Latin honor, so I was cracking up when I saw him wearing it. What’s mine is his, eh? ;)

Andrew Spanish Graduation

I was honestly more excited about Andrew’s graduations than I was my own. I’m proud that I’ve graduated and that I did so well in my classes, but words truly can’t express how proud of Andrew I am. In the same amount of time I graduated with my one degree, he graduated with two – and most weeks he worked more than forty hours at his job. I don’t know how he managed to do all of that, plus make time for us, and still graduate with a 3.5 GPA.

I’m just a super proud wife, and so grateful that I get to stand by his side and celebrate his accomplishments with him. :heart:

First time flying in a helicopter

I turned 22 on Thursday. :)

Normally, birthdays for me are pretty low-key. We usually will go out for dinner so I don’t have to cook and my parents often send a small gift. We’re so busy that we oftentimes don’t have the time to properly celebrate, but I don’t mind. It’s really just another day. For my 21st birthday, we did a bit more, but I wasn’t really planning on doing anything special this year for 22.

Andrew is so sweet. He always wants to make sure my birthday is special, so he was trying to suggest going out and doing something different since we both had most of the day off.  He suggested bowling, or going to a place called Skyzone where there are wall-to-wall trampolines. He had other suggestions, but none of them really interested me. And then, something popped in my head: what about a helicopter ride?

I looked into some prices online because I’ve always figured they would be too expensive for us to consider, but I found a Groupon for half off and for three people, so it ended up being under $40 a person, which isn’t too bad! They only do rides on the weekend, so we couldn’t actually book a tour on my birthday – which was a Thursday – so we booked one for tonight. Up to three passengers could come, so we asked our friend Alex if he wanted to join us. Of course he said yes. ;)

We arrived a bit early at the downtown airport (which I didn’t even know existed!) but there was no one that booked before us so they let us go ahead. I was a bit nervous, but as we climbed inside the helicopter and put on our headsets, my nervousness just turned into pure excitement! I felt like I was in a movie. :P The pilot started up the engine and let it warm up for a few minutes before we lifted off.

Andrew and I right before takeoff. All smiles!
Andrew and I right before takeoff. All smiles!

He flew us around the downtown area, which was so neat because I could point out to Andrew and Alex exactly which building I worked in. He then flew us down Main St. passed Westport towards the Country Club Plaza. We live about a mile from the Plaza, so it was really easy to spot out our apartment buildings! Everything looked so small from above!

Downtown Kansas City
Downtown Kansas City

The ride was pretty smooth. It was a bit windy, but I wasn’t nervous any during the actual ride. We turned and headed back up north towards downtown. We actually passed through downtown instead of over it on the way back. It was crazy to be flying next to some of the skyscrapers!

Downtown on the way back. I actually work in the building on the right!
Downtown on the way back. I actually work in the building on the right!

We went pretty late in the evening, around 7:00 PM, but I felt like it was the perfect time to go. Most of the day was pretty rainy and cloudy, but the skies cleared a bit and it was beautiful to see the sunset!

Andrew and I with the helicopter

I do wish the ride would have been a bit longer because it flew by so fast! It was a twenty minute ride which I thought would be a lot of time, but next time I think I’d pay more to have some more time. I want to go again! It was one of the best experiences, and it made a perfect birthday present. :)