Graduation – My School Life and The Future Story time

0:58 – This is how I felt when I went to my ceremony


I did it. I am done. I made it to the end.

Hello everyone, this is Matthew, or Matt, the owner of Matt-in-the-Hat, No Doubt About that. Today on this post, I am going to tell you a little story. To those who don’t know or already know, I have graduated from my University at CSUSB (@ 06/18/16). I received a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. This past quarter has been really busy for me compared to the past classes I have taken. In this Spring quarter, I took five different classes and they were both English Writing classes; two online courses and three regular. As this school life comes to an end, another part of my life opens up and I must walk the path. As main character of my story, there will be challenges but I must never lose. Today I will tell you a little bit of my college life and I would like to share my emotions about my life at school and how am I feeling now.

When I first started – Fall September 2012

I wasn’t too worried about experiencing college because I did experience some at community college back when I was in high school. I was in a high school program from Sophomore to Senior year. I took regular HS classes and then took some college classes. I will admit, when I first attended a University, I was nervous on the first day. Everything was big, the place and the classrooms, I felt like a guppy in the ocean. I knew my friends from high school was going to attend here too but they were far away. We couldn’t hang out because of busy schedules. I later met some new friends in a English class for three quarters. It was an awesome feeling because they were the same like me, a couple of young kids in a big school for adults. However, it did have to end and I had to move on and meet new people in different classes in different years.

School life had it’s ups and downs, I passed my classes with ease and I had my struggles here and there. You win some and you lose some. I changed my major two times! I originally wanted to major in computer science but that was really hard. Next, I tried graphic arts and that wasn’t fun at all.

Finally, I chose English Writing and I enjoyed it. I didn’t really like writing papers for each class but it better than writing codes or buying paint supplies. Writing became my focus in school. I didn’t want to teach, I wanted to use it to say what I want to say. I wanted to express my voice. I wanted people to hear me.

the wind rises writing gif

English Writing

As I took classes, I took a class which will also change my life again. I took English 240 and the whole was required to make a WordPress Blog account and use it for class.

Brief Blogger Story – Spring 2014

I mentioned this one of my past awards from Blogger award posts, but I will briefly tell how about my early blogging life.

simon picking up jacket cape

After completing this particular English course, I told myself I wasn’t going to use this blog. As you can see, I changed my mind and decided to devote this to my hobbies, which is anime, manga, video games and randomness. It took me a while to get used to blogging and nobody knew me. After a while, after visiting some sites, I decided to comment and explore other blogs; this is how met all of you guys. I will be honest, when I first started talking to you, I was nervous. Besides school work, I never actually talked to anyone online. I was really shy talking about anime to you guys. After I participated in posts, I got an idea on who you are and what you enjoyed. I really enjoyed talking to everyone. You know who you are, talking to you was the most satisfying thing to do online. I hope we can stay friends :).

Graduation – June 18 2016

Now that I made it this far in school, it’s time to end this chapter of college. Most of are asking, “how do you feel now, Matthew”? To be honest, I am happy and proud to say that I finally did it. Ironically, I did have my doubts. I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it. I am glad I was wrong and I can now look back and smile with satisfaction :). It feels like beating the final boss of a video game. It took sweat and tears to finally complete everything. I felt like a winner. It’s all because of God, my family, my friends, professors, and you guys!

I will admit, graduation can be sad too. It also means saying goodbye to the ones that you used talk to at school. It means saying goodbye to the professors whom you made friends with. It also means saying goodbye school life. I have to say goodbye to my friends, classmates and the professors that helped build my future. My success has its moments of being bittersweet.

But, this is not the end. This is just the beginning of another exciting adventure. I am moving on to the next chapter!

The Future – What will the path take me next?

Now that I completed school, I am stuck this question that I have asked numerous times: “now what”?

To be honest, I don’t know. The only thing I can do is pray to God and ask Him what does He want me to do. I do know what I want to do. First things first, I want to spend my time with my family. School work has got me distracted this quarter and it’s time to go back and hangout with my family. The next thing would catching on my hobbies like watching anime, reading manga and playing games. I will continue to blog and tweet as well like the usual. I will also post Bible verses. I want people to know that I am a Christian and my kindness towards you was gift from God. With more free time, I want to start looking for a job. I want to be able work and earn more money.

I am walking in a unknown path and I don’t know what’s going to happen. I will move on and take with me the knowledge and courage I have gained. Thank you for reading this post. Let’s continue doing our best. We are anime fans, let’s reunite and stick together. I will still be here to talk to you. You can chat with me anytime and when that does happen, I will try to respond quickly. If you wish to follow me, let’s go together. Sometimes it does get lonely walking in a unknown road.

I am the blueninja777 of Weekly Shonen Jump, I am the owner of Matt-in-the-Hat. I review anime and manga, I share the news, and I write random posts. I like anime, manga, and video games. I am now a graduate of 2016.

I am Matthew Castillo and I love anime. No doubt about that!

simon adult walking boota

Me graduation:

The Versatile Blogger Award


  • Display the award on your blog. 
  • Thank the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog. 
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 or more bloggers and let them know you nominated them.

I want to thank regina5000 of Diversion3000 for choosing me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you and I appreciate this offer 🙂

  1. My family and I used to follow the sport news and games of the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers. Now we just focus on Raiders
  2. I like Pokemon but I never played the classic games Pokemon Red, Blue or Yellow. How ironic…
  3. Out of all the Street Fighter games I played, I played Street Fighter 1, 2 and all the Alpha series.
  4. My favorite color is blue. My other back up colors are white, black and gold.
  5. One of my favorite TV shows in Nick Jr. when I was very little was Blues Clues and and Franklin. I was sad when Steve left for college.


  1. Dr. Slater
  2. cutiecake4321
  3. Rose Regine
  4. taigareview
  5. Lindsay @ The Love Bungalow
  6. One Stop for all EnterTainmenT
  7. The Pantless Anime Blogger
  8. Ocean
  9. Citrus Anime Reviews
  10. Mekakushi Megane
  11. Dale Hendricks
  12. Anime Introvert
  13. madreceiver
  14. mypersonalteenlife
  15. Jamie

Welp, that is all folks. Thanks for reading my first Versatile Blogger Award post. Bye ^^

I forgot about number 6 and 7

6. I am in my fourth year in college

7. I still watch SpongeBob 🙂

The Creative Blogger Award


  • Thank the person who nominated you and includes a link to their blog.
  • Share 5 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 – 20 bloggers and add their links.
  • Notify the bloggers you included.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do!

I want to say thank you DriggerV of New Sekai for nominating me for the Creative Blog Award! Thank you and please check out his site for more anime related topics ^^.


  1. Before calling my blog “Matt-in-the-Hat”, I titled my site “Dilly Dally Shilly Shally” from the movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
  2. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. I don’t usually social networks.
  3. I once took a karate self-defense class in the sixth grade and reached up to orange belt and quit.
  4. I am a Kingdom Hearts fan and I bought all the games except for Dream Drop Distance for the Nintendo 3DS.
  5. My favorite season is spring. I like the weather in a moderate setting and I enjoy the warm air.


  1. dreager1
  3. thinktankred91
  4. Cassidy Cornblatt
  5. Paul Bowler
  6. krystallina
  7. Faye Q.
  8. robynchristi
  9. Annebeth
  10. The Archaeology of Tomb Raider
  11. Hayashi Sora
  12. Kemdirim Okezie
  13. AinoAnime
  14. Ramexa
  15. Don Merritt

Once again, thank you for your time and I am happy to receive this award :). To those who are going to do this award post, you don’t have to find 15 people like me. You can nominate 1 or nobody.