Somehow, while I wasn't paying attention, I've apparently run out of my four years at Olin College! My 66 classmates and I graduated almost a month ago now, on May 18th, during Olin's *first ever* sunny commencement ceremony! I think I can speak for not only a lot of my classmates, but a lot of college seniors in general in describing the weeks preceding graduation as among the most intense periods of my life. Things running across our minds included more typical finals-period pressures of wrapping up schoolwork, winding SCOPE up, turning in that infamous OSS final paper, etc. -- only this time exacerbated by the stresses associated with finding and negotiating jobs, graduate school offers, finding permanent housing and transportation where we're headed, etc etc. Phew!
All that said, those weeks definitely also qualify as the perhaps the one unit of time in which I have had the most fun in college. A group of us planned and executed a wonderful, Olin-ized version of Senior Week, which consisted of numerous receptions, a trip to an amusement park, a picnic, a night of bowling, more cheese, crackers and champagne than most of us will ever want to consume again.
Connor Riley, also '08, cooks a lot of bacon at our class picnic, also blessed with lovely weather -- we really lucked out!
Photo courtesy Anthony Roldan, '08.