There are more photos here on Facebook. I think M3DUS4 is my favorite. Her eyes light up (LEDs behind clear glass eyes that I painted)!
The reading, then, was a masquerade. All the readers (and some guests) wore masks, everyone was dressy (Travis wore a tux! He looked like a secret agent), it was cool. It was originally supposed to be in the same venue as last semester, but there were concerns about whether the printer could get the magazine out in time, so we wound up pushing it back a week at very nearly the last minute. I still wish I'd had more time to sort things out and decorate and whatnot, but everyone seemed to have a pretty good time anyway. We had balloons and lights (Tish and Travis both possess mad decorating skillz, apparently), plenty of food, and even music after the presentation of work was finished.
So, once I finish this final take-home exam, barring sudden and horrific failure in ways I completely failed to anticipate, I will have an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing.
This is normally the point where one could expect me to get all weepy about how much I'll miss Laurels, and start panicking because no one has hired me and oh god the real world is scary.
I'm going to be returning to the University of St. Thomas in the spring to get my MLA, with a concentration in English (specifically, editing and creative writing). You know. The degree I should have gotten in the first place, if I'd had any sense at all. Which means I'll still be lurking on the Laurels staff** (Editorship has been handed off to Travis and David-- that's right, it takes TWO people to replace me***), while simultaneously immersing myself in all manner of other creative outlets. If I explode from joy, that will be why.
Dr. Lowery has also been talking about me possibly being hired as an adjunct once I have my MLA, and teaching the Laurels class.
Yeah. I AM CLEARLY NEVER LEAVING LAURELS, EVER.
PROFESSIONAL STUDENT FTW!
* Sir, you had me at "Hamlet"
**The actual quote from Dr. Lowery: "Would you be willing to let others work as head editor while you still work on staff with a different title, such as 'Empress'?"
***Actually, they are just both really busy.