My last day so far has been great. I pulled in at 11am, went off to a 2 hour lunch where I was showered with goofy gifts, and with a couple hours of project wrapup work left, I'll be cleanly separating from UCLA forever. I'm no longer sad about it. It feels a lot like college graduation.
Today I leave a place where training and growth was the focus over the last two years, Monday I start at a place where I can demonstrate and use everything I've been learning for the last five years. And going from working at a college to a "real" job makes the graduation analogy that much more real.