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Monday, May 8, 2006
I walk the line
I'm getting hooded today, in the non white supremacist sense, but the higher education way. Despite finishing up the journalism master's program at NYU back in December, I officially graduate and walk today. So I'm taking a half day off from work and participating in the ceremony with my classmates and family present.

For a master's degree apparently you get hooded with a special master's hood. My robes are purple like NYU's colors, which I'm inordinately delighted by. My past robes were white for high school and black for my undergraduate degree at Wheaton College. The robes cost $62 just to rent them for a day, do you believe it? I don't even get to keep them for that price, talk about a rip off. The ceremonial robe business is worse than the funeral biz for raking in money.

Anyway, I wasn't really excited about going through the process of graduating since it's been a few months since I had to do any work for my degree although it thankfully seems longer. But now as the date gets closer I'm getting excited. For all the students graduating from New York University's Graduate School Of Arts and Sciences (that includes the J-School) convocation is being held at Lincoln Center. It coincides with the nutty David Blaine's last day in the water bubble right next door. I see the appeal of the stunt of holding his breath but why did he have to be in the water for 7 days? We are human beings we aren't meant to be in the water for that long, we're not aquatic. Crazy!

I was looking at my notebook that I used for several of my night classes and I have two things written on the inside of my class notebook for motivation one is from my horoscope the other is from my professor, can you guess which is which? lol:

"Also, think back a few years ago to the dreams and plans you made, and give yourself a pat on the back for coming so far so quickly."

"Better NEVER than late."

My Tribeca Review: Poseidon

Posted by Tara at 4:56 AM PDT
Updated: Monday, May 8, 2006 7:36 AM PDT

Monday, May 8, 2006 - 6:05 AM PDT

Name: Ty


Monday, May 8, 2006 - 7:03 AM PDT

Name: AWE
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I second the congrats. WAY TO GO TARA!!

Monday, May 8, 2006 - 7:25 AM PDT

Name: Steve
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Does this mean that, from now on, we are to refer to you as Master Tara?

A lot of people your age are still living with mom and pop (I know I was) and are more worried about where are they going out next rather than a career.



Monday, May 8, 2006 - 12:30 PM PDT

Name: H. (aka NC_State_gal)
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As I said before, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! You earned the time to bask in the glory of all the work that you did in grad school. Congrats :).

Monday, May 8, 2006 - 4:30 PM PDT

Name: Karen

FCOL, I thought you had walked last Monday when you told me. Congratulations, babe! I'm so happy for you!

Shirley and I saw the nut at Lincoln Center last week. Read that bubble boy's not doing well.

Monday, May 8, 2006 - 6:18 PM PDT

Name: Drea

Congratulations!! I'm very happy for you. :) I loved me hood--it was pretty cool. Wish I could've kept it too. Major pats on the back, babe. {hugs}

Friday, May 12, 2006 - 11:05 PM PDT

Name: Sam
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Congrats on convocation! I can't wait til the day I finish and can actually start working. And since all the jobs seem to be in NY for what I want to do, maybe I'll share your neck of the woods.

What did you do your first degree in?

Monday, May 15, 2006 - 7:07 AM PDT

Name: Tara

Thank you Sam.

My first degree was a bachelors of arts, where I majored in English with a concentration on pop culture and minored in psychology, thus making my own sort of Communications mix ;)

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