I've been done with finals since Monday night. Since literally everyone I know was either packing up their belongings or studying for a test I had nowhere to turn to. I went for a jog, I ran some errands, I ate some lunch, watched Hulu. After that I still had an hour or two to kill so I started putting together a sideshow of my tenure at USU.
Picking the photos was easy, I just picked a ton. Picking the song was harder. At first I wanted something that spoke to the Freshman me, a song like "Rainy Monday" by Shiny Toy Guns or "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab but the rhythm just wasn't right. Then, I just tried some all-out favorites like "What about Everything" by Carbon Leaf and "Change Your Mind" by The Killers but they had no deeper significance than just being songs I liked and, frankly, ran too short.
Then I stumbled across "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty. Aside from the obvious correlation with the subject matter, the song is also sentimental in that it became the de facto soundtrack of our 2009 Moab Trip when all of us would scream "LET'S" during the chorus.
I made a first version with SoundSlides, a slick little free download but when you export you get dumped with a whole pile of stuff to upload to a web hosting server...yeah, I don't have one of those. So I tried to duplicate it as much as possible in Windows Movie Maker (I miss my office already). Long story short the end result isn't smooth, but neither were 4 years at USU (see, there's just a hidden sub-textual metaphor) :->
So, without further ado, here's a look at 4 years at USU. Starting with my freshman year in the dorms, completely skipping my 2-year sabbatical (nothing to see there) and skimming through my post-mish years and the rapidly evolving face of my friend circle (pay special attention to the weddings, you see 3 couples meet, court, and wed, during this presentation).
How far we've come indeed.