July 4, 2011 Leave a comment
This image, from The New York Times, is way to good not to share:
We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.
March 7, 2011 Leave a comment
While taking a break from writing a paper on a law case (U.S. vs. Hansen), I looked at my Facebook news feed. I saw this quote as someone’s status and thought it appropriate for where I am right now as I consider my options over the next few weeks:
“Are my decisions determining my future or is my future determining my decisions?”
Interesting. Thought provoking.
I couldn’t tell you about the person whose status it was though. I’m not sure how I know that person and as deep as the quote is, I have unfriended that person (Gasp!). I like to know who my “friends” are. At least that is one decision I have made.
August 26, 2010 Leave a comment
[This has been edited due to an increase in spam.]
I have a new email address: joelaportman [at] gmail.com.
I’ve been contemplating changing my email for some time, but never wanted to take the time to update all of my accounts, etc. Nevertheless, I decided it was time to move from “firstname.lastname@example.org” to something more professional as I begin my last year of college/graduate school and take on the job hunt.
This has also given me the opportunity to update something else: my address book. I decided it would be good to back up all of the phone numbers from my cell phone onto my computer. As I considered this, it made sense to also update email addresses. It seemed to me that if I had someone’s phone number in my phone, then I should probably also have their email address readily available.
I’ve had the “joelaportman [at] gmail.com” account for some time, sitting and waiting for use. I wanted to use Gmail, as it is currently my favorite email provider and hopefully will continue to hold that place well into the future. My ideal address would have been “jportman” or “joelportman” but since those were already taken, I included my middle initial. I have posted that I have a new email address on Facebook and have gotten such quality comments as “im gonna call you ‘joela’ now cause thats what it looked like when i saw it” and “i’m going to call you Joelapo R. Tman”.
June 6, 2010 Leave a comment
It has been several days since I’ve posted anything on here. Life has been absolutely insane getting ready for graduating, preparing to come back home (and I am back in St. Louis now). Hopefully, this summer will provide opportunities for sharing and reflection.
On Saturday, June 5, 2010, I walked across the stage in the Ritchie Center at the University of Denver, received a diploma case (they mail diplomas 8-10 weeks later, but more on this to follow), was greeted by the Chancellor and the Provost, and had my 2010 white Arts & Humanities tassel moved from the right side of my hat to the left side. I “graduated” the University of Denver!
I use quotes, because I technically did not get my diploma yet. While I have completed all of the requirements for my Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree, I will not receive a diploma until next year. While my diploma for my BA will come at the same time as my MBA and will be dated 2011, I do and will continue to consider myself part of the Class of 2010.
Just for fun – and to share with those who are interested – I was recognized in the commencement program in the following ways:
The ceremony was 2.5-3 hours long and while it did get hot towards the end, it was a great experience and I am happy that I participated. Our speaker was the CEO of the Denver Health and Housing Authority. Javi, Tucker, and I all sat together – even though it was not technically alphabetical order (at least we were within one letter and the same degree). We had 1232 (I believe) students participating in the undergraduate commencement ceremony.
After the ceremony, Leslie, David, Brittany, Dani and I had a joint graduation celebration lunch at Hillel with our families. It was a good time with families and food and a slideshow that Leslie made.
The week leading up to graduation was spent cleaning my apartment and getting ready to come home mixed in with time spent with my family (who were in Denver) and time celebrating and reminiscing with my DU friends. My college experience has been phenomenal, unbelievable, amazing – use any fantastic sounding word and it will probably describe how happy I am with the last four years. I have learned so much, become such a better person, met amazing people, done things that I never thought I would want to do or have the opportunity to do. My undergraduate experience has exceeded all of my expectations – in large part because of the amazing people I have met and friendships I have built.
I am very happy that I will be returning to Denver next year for my MBA. I am worried that it will be different and strange. The dynamic of most of my good friends no longer being students at DU will certainly take some getting used to. I am happy that some of them will still be in Denver, but obviously our relationships will shift and change. I hope that we all stay in touch and that the people I cherish will remain among my best friends for a lifetime.
I do not think that the social dynamic changes have fully hit me yet. As I went to graduation parties and hung out with friends on Saturday after the ceremony, I reflected that I have really “grown up” with many of these people. I am a much different person today than I was four years ago – and definitely a better person. It was strange to realize just how much of an affect each person has had on me over the last four years. Even people with whom I was never close or did not always get along with influence my experience and I (now) appreciate that.
I do not like goodbyes. They seem too final and I hope that many who were a part of my (undergraduate) college experience continue to be involved in my life. Therefore, I will say “see you later!”
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my life these last four years! Stay in touch! I will cherish you forever!