Wow, that's a long one... Didn't seem so long in the little typing area, lol
If you do not already have medical accommodations, go to the registrar and discuss your situation, as your special needs must be accomodated in class as well as commencement (and work, if not already). As it is foreseeable that you might have to leave the assembly unexpectedly, they will have to accomodate that need with special seating (seating is alphabetical, but you need an end of row and near an exit). This will not only enable you to exit as easily and discretely as possible, but is also to their benefit as it insures that an anticipated medical event will have minimal disruption to the ceremony.
The fear of having our rare variant migraine in a situation where there is no exit to address it is, well, stressful enough to trigger one! And yes, the relief from stress (which commencement is!) does trigger them also.
i can't remember all of the other things you "babbled" about, but enjoyed them very much. Funny, I found half a dozen more things which we have in common!
Well, here's that post I mentioned: http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/though...ml#post3807389
Sometimes you feel inspired at 5am, lol. I'll keep the thoughts to myself since they are still in my head and maybe comment more later. I just started posting on here last week! I can't spill everything right away, lol.
The basic message was... It's been a long journey and I have had ups and downs throughout complicated by different health issues that are basically benign but very bothering. So, even though I have felt embarrassed some by the length of time it has taken, I have known this is what I have wanted since age 3. So, after thinking about it, I could care less who is speaking. It's gong to be an experience I don't think I will ever have a feeling like it again, maybe when I get married or have children, but this should be right up there with how hard I had to work to get to that point, and thinking several times it wouldn't ever happen.
It's funny too, one of my cousins who really is a huge fan of the speaker, both he and his sister (older than me and both fans of the President) were commenting on facebook about their commencements. My one cousin said it was some faculty member and she doesn't even remember it. The other said a famous doctor was the headliner and at one point he told everyone to look to their left and right and that in 20 years one of those people will die from cancer.... So, I think I am going to remember this!! Not just because it is the President of the United States speaking, but for everything that went into it!
That's a better summery for now, lol. The other one was sort of a Dr. Phil show story time, haha.
I feel fully capable in a work environment. It's just the school stress and weird study schedules. I don't tell my co-workers about it usually until later, and only that I know when it is happening and I might have to sit down for 40 minutes and then I'll be okay again. Most of the jobs and opportunities that will open up after I am done will probably be a little easier to manage this stuff too. So I don't want to take the disability route, I don't think I need to. I do well with responsibility in a work setting and a structured schedule. Especially when I am in control of the situation or taking the lead on a project! It's funny how it works like that. I can speak in front of a large group but am nervous about being stuck in the large group, lol. That's a bass ackwards kind of situation and a good metaphor for a similar college type of "adventure". But, the scenic route is an interesting one I suppose, both in life and in the car.
You'll also have the distinction of being one of the few people who can remember their keynote speaker, much less their address!
Not even a warning, guys, but merely a gentle reminder. Thanks for understanding.
Kevin, I don't know about the Edicion de Aniversario, but I've enjoyed the Don Carlos' I've aged. Like Opus, they do tend to go dumb at around 4yrs, but come back nicely after that. Being 07's, I think yours should be wonderful.
BTW, when is Graduation? I'm sure it will be on the toob, and I want to look for you ;)
And for those of you paying attention, it was me who got political, sorry, I'll keep it in the jar next time :)
Anyway, yes, that's the important question, what is your celebratory stick?
I'm going to be finishing my 2nd master's this summer (DoD school, but it is an accredited degree) and am saving a Liga Undercrown for the occasion, but a friend (the Dean actually, don't throw up on him) gave me a PG (boutique brand here in NoVA) the other day, and now I think I'll have to get one of those for my "special occasion" smog.