I stepped into the luxurious, Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in my clear Jeffrey Campbell heels on the afternoon of my graduation from Pepperdine University.
The footwear was characteristic of Cinderella—but not the only reason I felt like a princess—no, not even my frilly, powder pink Cinq a Sept lace gown did the trick. Where a royal would normally wear crown jewels, I was adorned in the accolades reflective of my four years at Pepperdine—Magna Cum Laude Honor cords, the royal blue and orange Pepperdine stole and layers of white leis given to me by my family.
There was this one time my mentor’s younger daughter asked her if I was a princess after seeing a photo of me (first off, what a humbling compliment!)—My mentor replied, “no honey, she’s better than a princess—she’s a working woman.” Quite the 21st century-mother response—to capitalize on the fairytale made through achievements earned, not a title inherited by blood or marriage—one of the many things I admire about my mentor for teaching her child something the storybooks don’t.
The comment stuck with me, because well, to be seen as a princess is one thing—to be cited as a role model is another. After four years of hard work, endless adventure, and lifelong friends and mentors made, I plan to keep my momentum and make many more dreams come true through hard work, creativity and benevolent humanity. But in the words of Sleeping at Last’s song “Three” I live in a place where “Work and rest are equally revered.” So a celebration of my graduation was quite in order! And what could be more fitting in celebrating my BA in Broadcast and Print Journalism than a vintage newspaper-themed high tea at the Peninsula? Nothing I say!
My amazing parents booked the private dining room to accommodate my extended family who were equally as wonderful to travel and help me celebrate the occasion. The long, white-table cloth was adorned with a table runner my mother made out of aged newspaper invitations we customized on Etsy. Atop the antique table dressing were breathtaking flower arrangements that encompassed some of my favorite blooms of all time—pink peonies, white and pink roses, and blue hydrangeas. The floral trimmings matched the paintings that decorated the walls with white crown molding. And of course, the table also included vintage books offset by three-tiered cake and sandwich towers and endless cups of tea and champagne.
Wow, God is good. What a day, what a celebration, what a full four years! I can honestly say the typical Pepperdine mantra, I am #soblessed and don’t want to take any of it for granted. Rather, I hope to be humble, gracious and as much of a blessing to those around me as the people around me are a blessing to me…and to “Keep it Krischic” along the way.
Keeping it Krischic,
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