This weekend, I was happy. Up to now, I am still happy.
I graduated, from UCLA. I had two commencement ceremonies to attend; one on Friday, which was for the general UCLA College of Letters and Science, and then on Saturday, for my major. I don’t know why, but I was extremely nervous, especially for the one on Saturday, I think especially because I was seeing my relatives again, and I had to walk on stage, in front of so many people, to get my diploma.
But surprisingly, everything went well. Walking into the center of Pauley Pavilion, I felt excited, sad, but strangely, no longer nervous. It’s just so weird to suddenly stand and be in the spotlight of it all. In the days leading up to the graduation, I was still feeling moments of regret, regret for not joining more clubs or meeting more people and friends, but I kept telling myself, the past is the past. It already happened, and you can only now look to the future, or at work, to make new friends. On Saturday, everything with my relatives went smoothly as well. We had a great time, and I felt really happy to have the support of my aunts, uncles, and cousin and his family, especially him and his wife. Words could not describe how surprised I was when I received in the mail a money lei that she had made for me to wear up onstage. Add in the gifts and the money, and I was truly happy and felt blessed by all the support they had given me and for coming at all that day. I didn’t exactly need a lot of people to come; in fact, the smaller the better, but in the end, I was glad they did 🙂 Here’s to more happy days to come.