Graduation & Aftermath

It’s been a while since my last post, due to my intervening graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It would be a lie if I were to say that some frivolity thereafter did not also keep me from this blog. 😀

So, to quickly recap what’s been happening, in pseudo-sequential order:

  • Me, Dave, and Jared graduated
  • Apparently the University thought I was smart enough to get some extra red for my costume, which clashed magnificently with the orange tassel of Engineering:

    Actually, I’m pretty proud of that: the red stole is the “Distinguished Scholar Award”, which is given to the top 20% of each class in GPA. I hit that category pretty well, having managed to keep a 4.0 all the way through college!
  • Then since the red stole with orange tassel didn’t cover enough of the spectrum, I further added some yellow and gold in the form of an Eta Kappa Nu honor stole & cords:

    And, because I think it’s an awesome shot and I want to highlight Jason who took all of the above graduation photos, here’s that golden stole again:
  • After graduation I enjoyed some great food with my relatives, at Biaggi’s in Middleton (awesome Italian) and Pizzeria Uno as well (great deep dish, but watch out for the “Spinoccoli”, it gave my sister food poisoning).
  • The next day Dave and Jared both had grad parties, at Devil’s Lake and in Green Bay, respectively. Good times all around.
  • Later in the week, Jason, Justin, and I took a 10.4-mile bike ride along Lake Mendota Drive, with a brief detour through Dairy Queen on the way home. Later that night we cooked up our own custom stir fry with Dave. It was pretty decent, though left a few lessons learned 🙂
  • Later in the week, I went to Body Worlds at the Milwaukee Public Museum with Jeni. It was pretty cool to see, though also fairly creepy…
  • On Friday night, Nate had his birthday party / Lauren’s going away party at our place, reuniting me with Em and Jamie, who I don’t think I’ve seen in at least a year. Good times again.
  • Finally by Sunday I was headed back to Green Bay, through a rather amazing storm just North of Madison. The clouds were so thick I thought it was night… up until I reached the edge of them and saw that the sun was only just setting. It was beautiful.
  • Oh yeah. And lest I actually graduate having accomplished something with that ridiculous fountain I’ve been working on for four years… Check out what we found (and flooded ourselves with) in the basement:


3 thoughts on “Graduation & Aftermath

  1. Craig

    Congratulations on your graduation!!!! Especially with a 4.0, that’s impressive. I wish Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi had enough stoles when I graduated 🙁

    So, what’s next? Do you plan on heading out into the real world or do you plan on going to grad school?

  2. Colin M Post author

    Hey Craig, Paul, thanks!

    @Craig: I’m headed into the “real world” at the end of the summer. I’ll be working for Microsoft on the WinSE team that I interned with two years ago. Coincidentally enough, with the same Paul who commented above.

    Our group owns the codebase for the most recently shipped version of Windows (at the moment, that means Windows Vista), and does all the continuing maintenance (design changes, bugfixes, service packs, etc.). It should be pretty interesting, plus it gets me back out to Seattle, which I liked quite a lot.

    So, that’s the plan for the near future… between now and my start date, I’m also headed to the United Kingdom for a couple weeks with my family and then to Ireland for another week with my roommate. After that, hanging out in Green Bay & Madison, and taking a week vacation with my friend Jared to the Yellowstone area…

    Hm, I have enough here that I should just write another post. Maybe later today.


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