I graduated from University of California, Riverside 13 years ago today. I have only the vaguest memories of my graduation ceremony, but I do remember how hot it was. (In fact, the graduation scene at the opening of my soon-to-be-appearing story “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” comes from memories of my own graduation.)
A few months back, I mentioned that my June/July donation would be a combined donation to UCR. Since it is close to July and since today marks a nice anniversary date, I am preparing to send the donation out today. I’m giving my school $400 this year. I’m directing that $300 of it go to the Creative Writing department and that $100 go to the Political Science department. Granted, I was a political science major and a creative writing minor, it is the creative writing part of my work that I am most proud of at this point and I probably would have given up on it were it not for the encouragement of some of the professors in that department.
This brings my total donations for the first half of 2007 to $1,165, which is not as much as I wish it could be, but is still better than what I did last year.