Erin Galligan, girlfriend of my nephew Matt, recently celebrated her birthday. I hope she was able to fully enjoy it, despite being on the middle of her college graduation preparation.
Last weekend, Erin graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a degree in Kinesiology. Yesterday, Erin started her journey in continuing her education, with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree as her goal. That will take a few years of hard work and dedication, but I have no doubt Erin will excel in her quest. She should be proud of her accomplishment and excited about her future!
Erin is a great young lady and it has been great getting to know her a bit. I really wish her the best of luck along the way to reaching all of her goals. I am sure she will succeed and I think she'll have fun along the way, too.
During all of the graduation madness, Erin and Matt posed by the Alma Mater statue at the U of I. What a great picture.
Take a bow, Erin...you deserve to be proud and we are all proud of you!
Matt Parker, the Alma Mater Statue and Erin Galligan in Urbana, IL-May 2011.