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Yesterday my sister completed her undergraduate career at the University of Virginia. Kate and I made it down for the day, and while we missed the major commencement exercises, we were there to see her receive her diploma at her departmental ceremony.

Anybody who knows me knows that I hold my sister in very high regard. I hold my brother in high regard too but he’ll have to wait for his own post. Erin has grown up to a be a strong, independent, very spiritual, and generally well-rounded person that everybody in my family admires. Her natural intelligence and strong work ethic made her a wonderful student, and will make her successful in future endeavors. And her commitment to social justice and the Church have already shown fruits in her choices for those first few next steps.

I’m so pleased that Erin will have some time to spend with her family before the next stage in her life – a volunteer position at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia. Nazareth Farm is “devoted to developing relationships and eliminating sub-standard housing through home repair in rural West Virginia”. So we get Erin all to ourselves (as much as is possible) while she is home in the Fall.

Notice I specified the Fall. Erin will be plenty busy this summer as she BIKES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. As if that weren’t enough, the program she is involved with will stop periodically and build homes for those in need. I’ll have more about this later in another post, but it sounds like a once in a lifetime experience, and so much fun.

So congratulations, Sis! We are so proud of you and love you so much!

8 Responses to “Welcoming Another Campbell Kid to the Real World”

  • Ken
    05/24/2005
    8:20 AM
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    Kid sister, graduation, Nazareth Farm… ok.

    What we all really want to know is what the Campbells thought of Star Wars Episode III? Where’s the review? Where’s your verdict on Anakin, Padme, and the fate of the Galactic Republic? 🙂

  • Katie
    05/24/2005
    11:17 AM
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    Well, it totally took me surprise. I didn’t see ANY of it coming. I mean, who knew that Anakin was DARTH VADER!!!????

  • NAj
    05/24/2005
    3:48 PM
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    Pat, you’re such a sweet big brother.

    Congrats to Erin!!

  • Patrick
    05/24/2005
    9:23 PM
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    Gah! How did this become about Star Wars?!?! This post is about my sister! If you want to talk Star Wars – use the previous post! Silly people.

  • Kevin
    05/24/2005
    9:03 PM
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    Anakin turns into Darth Vader?

  • jackie
    05/25/2005
    12:01 PM
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    congrats to your sis! my brother just graduated too–now we only have 2 left…amazing…

  • Anonymous
    05/26/2005
    8:50 PM
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    Gosh, I remember her in 7th grade when she used to come and play with Peter. Then she was our babysitter through high school. We can’t believe she’s done gone and grown up!
    Peter across the street’s Mom

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