What stories do my rings they tell?
The obvious story is that I graduated from high school and I graduated from college. If you look further into the details, you will find the name of the schools and the years I graduated (or my class in Aggie terms).
Another story behind the rings is my father's emphasis on education. My father always told me, "Get your Ph.D. before your Mrs." He believed in the power of education, even though he flunked out of college. He made amends and graduated on his second attempt. Perhaps that is where he began to appreciate education.
This value could also be from his grand father Victor Zumstein who was a professor at Ohio State University. The rings together seem to emphasize my family's emphasis on education and the fact that I achieved it. I did not and do not intend on receiving anything beyond my B.A. and I'm happy that I am Mrs. Lee. I did receive the Mrs. title three months before earning my B.A. I hope my family isn't too upset that "I got the order wrong."
What does the arrangement of my rings suggest?
Aggie ring, and thus symbolizes unity and being part of something bigger than myself. The arrangement feels competitive. Which is better, individuality or unity?
When the rings face in the same direction, they suggest a common purpose, a common goal. The goal of educating myself so I can become the person I am today. For me, I am drawn to this arrangement with the black and the white backgrounds.
Arranging separate items into a group, enhances the story better than each item can convey alone. How those items are arranged in a group can also project a mood or belief. Some may not see those subtle details, but pay attention to them. What do you want your objects to say?
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