I had barely slept, yet I still managed to wake up around 6 AM to say goodbye to Valeria and Salvador, who had early morning flights and had a shuttle picking them up at 7 AM. I walked over to Valeria's room on the third floor and then we went to Victoria's. Many of the rooms were already emptied out, so the halls were rather depressing, Victoria and I helped Valeria take her luggage down to the Balch bus stop where the shuttle would come. Connie came a few minutes afterwards, and then Salvador with his luggage and Doug, Aziz, and Harrison.. The walk over to the bus stop was difficult for all of us, Victoria and I cried a lot. It's just more sad since they're from different countries and the likelihood of seeing them anytime soon isn't much. It took us a while, but finally we let them get on the shuttle.
|Absolutely the worst picture ever due to tears, but Salvador on the far left and Valeria on the far right with Victoria next to Salvador and Connie next to me|
|With the only Jordanian I know, Aziz!|
Mike came by with the hotel shuttle and Diana, Kachi, Shuxin, and I left our baggage with him and I finished getting ready for the graduation. I went back up to Donlon since Hans and I were in the same class so we were just going to walk over to the graduation together. Tommy and Keith were awake by then, so I got to hug them goodbye along with Doug and Harrison. We walked over to the graduation and on our way to Kennedy Hall we found Rachel and her parents. They took a really nice picture of us by the foot bridge.
|Last time seeing this bridge and falls for a while|
|Super awesome and kind TAs Rubin|
|My professor Sam Nelson|
Mike arrived around 1:30 PM and we went with him to the Balch bus stop to wait for the shuttle. I found Maya from my class waiting for the shuttle too. Then, the shuttle picked up even more Summer College kids at RPCC, so I got to see Hans again! The other Diana was taking that shuttle as well. It was about an hour drive to Syracuse, and I fell asleep with Shuxin's neck pillow. Big thanks to Shuxin. The airport process was actually probably the smoothest, but before I went through TSA I hugged Hans goodbye and I was starting to cry again. Seriously, this was such an emotional day.
We boarded our flight to Atlanta, which was really short. Sitting next to me was a couple, but they were either sleeping or writing notes in a book, so I didn't really talk to them. Behind me was a super adorable baby, who was crying, but as soon as he tried to poke my shoulder and I turned around and said hi he got really quiet. I was really amused by him during the time I was awake on the flight.
|Excuse the social media app|
quality with Valeria!
It was time to board the plane to San Francisco. We were already out of Ithaca, but this meant we were really going home for good. This was a much bigger plane than all the ones we flew on, and it had really cool blue lights. For some reason, neon lights make everything better. I sat next to Diana on the flight, and right behind us were Shuxin and Kachi. This was a 5-hour flight and there were free movies, so I had an entertaining flight planned for myself. The lady next to us didn't do much talking either, but she was going to San Francisco to spend time with some family. Before I started watching movies, Diana and I got to catch up since we didn't get to always hang out at Cornell. I was watching Rushmore on the flight when Diana pointed out the lightning outside, we were barely thirty minutes into the flight. There was more turbulence than on any of the other flights, but I don't think any of our flights were actually rough. I was on my second movie, The Big Short, which was recommended by one of my friends because it's about the 2008 financial crisis, when I fell asleep. I should've seriously invested on a neck pillow of my own. The sleep wasn't comfortable.
|I was serious about the cool neon blue lights|
Finally, we landed in San Francisco. It felt so strange, being back home after such a long time that did not feel like a long time. We got our bags from the baggage claim, where Kachi and Diana found that their bags were damaged. We walked outside and Mike called the shuttle. We walked all the way to courtyard 1, where we found the shuttle. In not too long, we'd be at El Cerrito High School again. In no time, my sister was there to pick me up. Don snapped a picture of the cohort all together, I hugged the girls goodbye. and I was on my way home.