My COVID Graduation Story | CSC Photography - Personal | Virginia Wedding Photographer

I know, I know this post is LATE! School for the 2021-2021 year has already commenced (whether in-person for some or virtually for others), and I am just now posting my graduation story from where my own college graduation... in May.

It might be a bit of a blessing and a slight downfall because while my own post is a little late hitting the blog, that means I've been busy showcasing my incredible clients and offering some educational tips as well (which I find WAY more important - even though having a personal relationship with your photographer is also important).

Anyway... this story is here now, and I am so excited to share it because it honestly wouldn't have been the same if I had written it back in May when I *actually* graduated (extra emphasis on the actually because COVID canceled our ceremony).

For those of you who don't know, I only graduated from high school in 2017. I was over-involved in high school, like I did EVERYTHING. As an introvert, I really hate talking about myself, but I'll try to suck it up for a minute to give you some perspective. I was the student body president, co-captain of the cheerleading team, I did theatre, I was the president of my school's choir (and participated in several choirs outside of my school's), I was president of the National Honor Society, did dual enrollment course for college credit, and participated in several other clubs. I know what you're thinking, and yes, I was that kid... and that was just my senior year - I let a couple of activities go over the years.

So, when I got to college, I tried to give myself a small break in an attempt to not to overwhelm myself. Grades are very important to me, so I wanted to be sure I was well-adjusted to the courseload of my double major at Emory & Henry College.

I choose Emory & Henry for a couple of reasons. After being accepted to 17 schools, I had lots of options. My first choice for the longest time was Iowa State University, in which I was granted early admission my junior year for meteorology. I toured the school the summer in between my junior and senior years and decided to change majors from meteorology to law & politics because all good meteorology schools were between 9-15 hours away from my hometown, and I didn't want that. Eventually, I narrowed it down to Emory & Henry and the University of Virginia. I won't even lie when I say I picked E&H for the money (they offered a much better financial aid package)... but their small and loving community truly did make me feel at home.

I honestly had a sense of home when on the E&H campus from the first time I toured, sophomore year if I'm not mistaken. I wasn't even considering the college because it didn't offer the meteorology program I thought I wanted, but a school trip brought me there anyway.