Jake’s Graduation, ULV’s College of Law [University of La Verne, La Verne, California]

It’s graduation season! Luckily, I only have to attend three graduation ceremonies this year. The first, Jake’s graduation from ULV’s College of Law. I am actually still reeling from the fact that Jake graduated from law school. Not because I didn’t think he could do it, but because I can’t believe three years has gone by! I remember when Jake told me he was going to start law school. I was surprised, knowing he wanted to be a teacher, but supported him nonetheless.

The past three years have proven to me how dedicated, ambitious, and smart my very best friend is. I have watched him as he learned about Torts, Constitutional Law, and Legal Writing. I often felt like I was taking classes with him as he told me about cases, proofs, and professors. I’m sure it was the same for him as I wrote pages upon pages about philosophy — so I feel we’re even now.

I am so proud of Jake, and while his commencement ceremony was one of the most depressing I have ever been to, he has accomplished so much. Law school is a big deal. Jake is a big deal.

I remember when Jake and I first met. It was some class in middle school, my dad had recently passed away and he had found out he was adopted. We were not happy campers. We were both dealing with the news in very different ways, him more aggressive, and I retreated more into my own world. That was until one day in class when one of us [I can’t remember who started it] expressed an opinion that the other didn’t like. We proceeded to argue with one another for a good few minutes before the teacher managed to shut us both up.

I hated Jake. I found him obnoxious, aggressive, and self-righteous. Unfortunately, in sixth grade you can’t really avoid other people, especially when we had almost every class together. We continued to argue every time we met, one day it turned into bantering just to waste time in class, and then one day someone else made a claim we both disagreed with and we argued with that person. There’s an old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and well, that’s how Jake and I became friends. It has been 13 years and the nature of our friendship hasn’t changed much, we argue and banter like crazy, but we know that we will always be there for one another. Whether it’s me helping Jake prep for class or watch his dog while he studies for the Bar Exam; or him being my guinea pig for photography and listening to me rant about Steven Moffatt’s writing on Doctor Who. It’s a wonderful feeling that not matter what you have a best friend that will challenge you, support you, and keep you on your toes.

I am so proud of Jake and the person he has become and what he has accomplished.


Despite me being a photographer and us being friends for so long, we have so few photos of the two of us. I have TONS of Jake, but very few of the both of us.

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