Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Banquets Galore





As my senior year of college was winding down, there was a plethora of events to attend. In the middle of April, the global scholars were finishing up meeting with Kalam, the former president of India. Nothing like a project where you have to solve all of the world’s problems in two weeks. But Kalam turned out to be really nice and interesting to meet with. I can see why he was such a popular president in India.

During this time, intramurals was also coming to a close. We got really far in volleyball, I would say a game before the semi-finals. But then we played a team with a guy who jump-served every time like he was on the national team. I mean really, is that necessary? Basketball season was bitter sweet. I ended up getting a GREAT team together. We were well on our way to the finals, but then we had a game time where no girls could make it. So we got some random girl to come who showed up 10 minutes late. The other team got 3 points for every minute late she was, so the score started at 30-0. The part that really sucks is we ended up losing the game 79-70. So in reality (I’ll do the math for you) we should have won 70-49. The other team wasn’t bad either, our boys just really stepped it up and wanted to come back and win. Garrett had to of made 5 three’s in a row. I didn’t even think it was possible, so I was very surprised when we got so close. So, unfortunately, basketball is over, but it was so much fun. I’ll definitely miss UK intramurals.

That weekend I had two banquets to attend. Jonathan was only supposed to go to one, but he BEGGED me to go to all of them so I wasn’t going to ruin his excitement! Saturday morning my parents and J came down for the Gatton Scholarship banquet, where they invite students to a luncheon to meet the benefactors. I had received a marketing scholarship and met Peggy who was the nicest lady. She really took an interest in my academics and future career. It was great to meet her, and I already have been corresponding with her through the mail!

That night was our last ever AKPsi banquet! I was so excited because that is probably the thing I look forward to most every semester. It was held at the Crown Plaza and I am happy to say it was the best one ever! I really liked my white, one-shoulder dress and unreasonably high heels. All the seniors stood up, were recognized, and received our graduation sashes. After dinner, we danced and even J got in on the action! AKPsi events like those will definitely be missed.

The next Saturday I had the Global Scholar Senior Banquet for the first graduating class of Global Scholars. Even though we were the guinea pigs for the program for four years, I’m so glad the last of us stuck with it until the end. Again, Jonathan was dying to go, so he and the whole family came down for the event. It was held at Spindletop and was a dinner, slideshow, a couple speakers, and presentation by Brendan and Randa. They spoke briefly about how each one of us has grown or what we have all achieved and then we received certificates, medals, and small gifts. It was a great wrap up to a program that has shaped my college experience, and brought me some of the best friends.

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