33 Days ago I started a train of status updates on facebook, each recording a fond (and some not so fond) memory from my college career. I started the memories on November 14th and finished today, December 17th, the day of my graduation from UGA. To preserve and centralize them, I have compiled them below:
I think I’ll put a great memory from college up every day form now until graduation… Its only a month away now. Memory #1: Being sent the rejection email from Dawg Camp exec the first time I applied to staff… And then subsequently having that reversed thanks to divine intervention. Life sure would be different without DC in my life.
Memory #2: The day I moved into Myers Hall freshman year. I remember going through the various stations and being handed information. Carrying the big lopsided futon in. Scanning my hand to get to my room. And being scared as all get out when my parents left.
Memory #3: The day I took my ATO bid. I was sitting on the front porch of the ATO house on Milledge and all of the guys wanted to know what I was waiting on. I didn’t have an answer, so that was that. I had no idea what a fraternity really did, I just knew I liked the guys. That group changed the course of my college experience for the better.
Memory #4: Waiting in line for hours freshman year to get front row seats at the basketball games. We were pretty good until a few of our star players made poor decisions to get kicked off the team. Regardless, it was a blast waiting around and making a dash for the student section when the doors finally opened
Memory #5: I remember the first time I ever pulled an all-nighter to study for a test. I still can’t understand how I functioned like that, but I studied straight through the night until my test in post-civil war US history the next morning.
Memory #6: Appropriately, on this day two years ago, I remember receiving a phone call from Tino Johnson telling me he had one more question to complete my second round Orientation Leader interview. “Would like to be a part of the 2009 orientation team?” I was walking into Chick-Fil-A with Brad Harris and could not believe my ears. Congratulations to OL ’11 – get ready for the ride of your life.
Memory #7: I remember the day I showed up at my apartment at Whistlebury to find two black lab puppies – Hank and Aaron – found by my roommate Justin Bower. Next thing I knew I had agreed to keep Hank. Little did I know that he would grow to be such a great companion, despite his Marley and Me moments.
Memory #8 (to make up for Saturday) On a similar note, I remember the first time I ever really talked to Nicole Foo. We were on our OL retreat and picked each other as partners to share our 5 minute life stories. I feel confident that if she had known it would end up like this, she would have picked a different partner. I, however, am lucky to have her be such a huge part of my life to this day.
Memory #9: Mike Moore coming up to Athens for orientation. It was the first time I had met Kevin Moore ‘s biological little brother that would end up being my little brother in the fraternity. Mike didn’t quite make it to orientation day two on time, but we had a blast getting to know each other. He’s been one of my best friends ever since.
Memory #11: I remember the day I found out who our Dawg Camp exec team would be. Gordon Stewart Brad HarrisAnnalise Peters Jordan Holliday. And I remember our staff pow-wow in the CLS the day we got back from Dawg Camp at the end of an awesome journey. I’ll never forget Gordon talking about he and I being the unlikeliest of friends if you were to look at each of us as freshmen.
Memory #12: The cold day that Jason Hafford and I won the Pi Phi dart tournament. There is no way in the world we should’ve won that thing… I guess luck was on our side that day.
Memory #14: I remember the day I decided I wanted to go on the UGA at Oxford program. Nicole Foo and I were sitting in the MLC during an orientation session and I emailed Kalpen Trivedi to set up a meeting to discuss the program. I don’t think I’ve made a better choice in my entire college career than the one to go on the Spring UGA at Oxford program.
Memory #15: I remember Creswell. No, not freshman year. At the end of Junior year. I remember moving in, not knowing what to expect. I remember fun times running around the halls in Elmo and Panda costumes and games in the empty rooms. And, I remember moving out, not knowing where the time had gone. I’ll always love OL09 Nicole Foo, Janelle Christian, Ashley Rosado, Michael Pisciotta,Colleen Murphy, Andre Rose, Mara Price, Megan Allen, Lucas Ulloque, Bliss McMichael, Jason Hafford
Memory #16: I remember my two happiest days as president of my fraternity: The day I was elected, and the day I finished my term.
Memory #17: I remember the most intimidating day of class of my college career… The first day of Leonard class with Dr. Clawson and my 28 classmates – one of the groups of people that I most look up to from college.
Memory #18: This one took some digging, but I remember going to Europe for the first time with Michael Arledge to visit Albert Fellinger, our great friend and former foreign exchange student. A great trip through Austria, the coast of Italy, and the coast of France.
Memory #18 Revised and Updated: This one took some digging, but I remember going to Europe for the first time withMichael Arledge to visit Albert Fellinger , our great friend and former foreign exchange student, and Jörg Hönig, our newfound friend upon arrival . A great trip through Austria, the coast of Italy, and the coast of France.
Memory #19: I remember when the CLS was still located in Memorial Hall and when the CSO/CLS was the main reception hall in Tate. The CLS has become a second home for me, as it has for so many people – I really don’t know where I would be without it.
Memory #20: I remember spending hours and hours in the Alps Road Borders before leaving for Europe last March. Nicole Foo and I looked through every travel book there was for London, Paris, Florence, and Rome. Rick Steve’s ended up being our favorite and his suggestions served us well during our travels. What a great trip.
Memory #21: I remember impersonating Tim Tebow in orientation live. “We will never (sniffle, tear) lose (sniffle) another game again.” We had a blast performing that show.
Memory #22: I remember hours long discussions withMichael Pisciotta after each of our orientation trainings. Very enlightening discussions about the University.
Memory #23: I remember the day that 104 Banbury became home for the ensuing three months. The UGA at Oxford house is definitely one of my favorite places that I’ve lived in the college.
Memory #24: I remember September of 2008 when I walked into Athens First Bank & Trust to meet my Leonard mentor, Mid Ramsey, for the first time. And today, almost 2.5 years later, when I had my final meeting with Mid as an undergrad. What an awesome relationship we have developed over that time span.
Memory #25: I remember thinking I was being kidnapped the first time I met Earl Leonard. A cadillac stopped behind Brooks Hall, the door opened, and Bryan Pruiett told me to get in. When I saw Jared Grachek in the front seat I figured everything would be ok. Good times.
Memory #26: I remember final exams at the end of my first semester of college. I was right in the middle of dealing with Mono and had no idea how to pace my studying. All things considered, I’m ending my finals career on a much better note.
Memory #27: I remember Nicole Foo and I getting off the train in Geneva, Switzerland last March, not really knowing where we were going or who this guy Arthur Noll was that we were supposed to be staying with. That changed quickly as Art made us feel right at home and planned a great weekend of sledding and cheese for us.
Memory #28: I remember @Patrick Donahue finally convincing me to take my ATO bid just before the start of freshman year. And then spending the rest of the semester with him, @Kevin Moore, and @Zach White.
Memory #29:I remember the day we officially bought the ATO house. The gentleman from Phi Kappa Tau made his way over to our Ga/Fl tailgate in Jacksonville to sign the papers. It was a great day to be an ATO.
Memory #30: I remember rooming with @Ben Gooding and @Jess O’Neill in St. Augustine for formal. And Ben and I devising a plan to capture the Loch Ness Monster. And @Nicole Foo and Jess questioning their decisions to date us.
Memory #31: I remember thinking I would have to move dorm rooms after my freshman year of college. Thankfully, @Jonathan Hull and I were able to work everything out and I moved back into Myers for second semester.
Memory #32: I remember throwing the kitchen sink at ODK to rebuild the storied group here at UGA. I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a member now, and I am excited to see all that the group will accomplish in the future. Far too many people contributed to tag them all here.
Memory #33: I remember the excitement of coming to UGA for the first time. I remember orientation, moving into Myers, a freshman year full of mistakes and learning opportunities. I remember elective classes and not knowing what I wanted to do when I left college. I remember being lost and finding my own way and growing into a person that I am proud of.
Memory #34: I remember an awesome 4 1/2 years in Athens, Georgia. I will always look back on my college career with the fondest of thoughts. I could not have asked for a better place to become a man and mature. Thank you Athens, UGA, Mom, Dad, Brendon, Nic, and the rest of my family and friends for supporting me and getting me to this day of graduation and celebration.