After four long years, I was finally ready to graduate from college. It was a difficult journey with some hiccups along the way, but I finally made it. All of my family from back home wanted to attend the graduation, so they applied for an ESTA so they could stay in the country without having to get a visa. I was surprised that all of my aunts, uncles, and grandparents were able to fly over for the graduation. I expected my parents and siblings to come, but not everyone else.
Once my family landed in the states, they all ran up to me and gave me a hug and kissed me on the cheek. We had a big family dinner that evening to celebrate. They all booked hotel rooms because there wasn’t enough room for them to stay with me in my tiny dorm. It was fun to see all of them again, because I hadn’t seen many of my relatives for a while. I usually go home a couple of times each year for holidays, but outside of that, I’m in the states most of the time and don’t have as much time to catch up with everyone outside of my immediate family.
On graduation day, my family all took their seats in the audience. Every one of them had cameras pointed at me while I was sitting among the other graduates. As the dean called my name, they roared with applause, and moved the cameras with me as I walked across the stage and got my diploma. After the graduation ceremony was over, they all hugged me again and we went out for another big meal. The rest of the day we partied until we were tired. Since I was done with school, I took a flight back home with them.