I woke up this morning feeling like yesterday was a bizarre but lovely dream.
I know, I am a huge dork.
But it was because of my experiences with these two programs that I am the person that I am today.
I look back and realize how much I really did grow up in four years. Others may argue that high school was the best four years of their lives, but for me, college was it. The people I can call my friends know just how shy I was as an eighteen year old AND how by twenty one, I could confidently address a group of parents or a class of high school students.
I may have never, ever wanted to go to UMD with its ugly buildings and not quite far enough away location, but it was the best decision of my life.
Rolling Stones and newspapers across the country may have dragged UMD's name through the mud in recent months, but I could not be more proud of from where I have come.
Maybe one day I will be so lucky to return as a Professor of Art Education.