So, I have officially graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My grades are in, my transcripts are (hopefully) being finalized with that little *received her degree* at the bottom, and my diplomas will be in the mail soon enough (I got one in Hawaiian and one in English because why not).
It's been an interesting journey these past few years. If you had told me in high school that I was going to end up back at UH after four years, in the perfect department for what my interests were, instead of at some snow capped, brick-layed, fountain-having, campus in the pacific north west, I would have called you crazy. But in the end, it's funny how things turn out. Even while I was at Western Washington University, I wanted to be a linguistics and French double major because I wanted to teach english or teach French abroad, or something to do with language education. It just so happens that fate would put me back at UH where their second language studies program is amongst the best in the nation (makes sense as we have A LOT of international students). I'm proud to say that I finally got a 4.0 semester, last semester I go ta 3.95 but that's water under the bridge, and will hopefully be graduating magna cum laude. Side note, if you had told my deans in high school that I would graduate magna cum laude from a University with a double major, they might have called you crazy too.
All in all though, I'm just thankful. I'm thankful for the support of my parents, my advisors, my teachers, my friends, my brother, everyone who's been there with me this whole way. And I am ready to start the next leg of my journey with Teach For America teaching at Wheeler Middle School!!
Chelsea received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Department of Second Language Studies, and the Department of Language and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, studying French Language.