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Graduation Photos

It's surreal that I'm posting these photos. When I was buried deep in the library late into many nights I swore May 6, 2017 would never come. It felt like an imaginary date that often felt decades away. Partially because I never wanted it to come and partially because when you're drowning in papers and tests it feels like college is never ending.

I would have been cool with one more year. 

This past week Furman held their first summer orientation session. They shared the news and the event all over Instagram and Snapchat and although it has no direct effect on me, it made me a little sad. 1. Because I felt like these new kids were in some ways taking the place of our class and 2. because they have no idea how lucky they are to be starting this phase of their life especially at such a special place like Furman. 

4 years in college is honestly one of the best gifts life gives you. For 4 years you get to focus on working super hard on school work and learning more about who you really are. You are challenged in a way you have never been challenged and it's 4 years that you really get to be selfish and focus on yourself. 

You're straddling adulthood yet you're still a child with no real responsibility. I watched my friends this year as they began their search for jobs and post-grad plans and it made me so thankful for the past few years. College is a breath of fresh air that I wish could never end. Although I feel like I get to push adulthood away for one more year as I become a full-time grad student adulthood is still slowing looming closer (let me know if you've figured out how to make it stop). 

While I truly am so excited for my next season of life, there's no doubt that life is never going to be the same. As all of my best friends from school scatter themselves across the globe I'm wishing we could go back to our sophomore year dorms when we all lived within steps of each other. If only we could slow down time.

Well, May 6th, 2017 eventually came and went and against my best judgment I walked the stage and closed the Furman chapter of my life. Furman was the first place since elementary school that I lived somewhere for longer than 3 years so it truly felt like home and I am forever grateful to the school and community. 

I'll stop rambling now.


The day of graduation is crazy with friends and family pulling you in every direction, so my friends and I knew we wanted to lessen the stress by taking some pictures beforehand. My mom surprised me by scheduling a short session with Lori from Madeline Photography. I just recently got the pictures back and I'm so happy with how they turned out!

*All photos by Madeline Photography

See more day-of graduation photos here!





  1. All your pictures are so cute! Where are your shoes from, they're adorable!

    Ashley // MyWellDressedLife.com

    1. Hi Ashley! My shoes are from Zappos! Here is the link: http://rstyle.me/n/cpkrz3by89p

      xoxo <3

  2. Hey! I love how you are so detailed!

  3. These photos are precious! Such a great idea!