Yesterday (Thursday, 3/30) was the big day... At 12:30pm, EST, I entered the office of Mitch Grundman for my Instrument Rating checkride. The oral went very smoothly, and we took to the air. 2.5 hours later, after completing a hold at the Boiler VORTAC, a GPS approach, a partial panel VOR-A, an ILS, steep turns, and an unusual attitude recovery, I parked the aircraft and heard the glorious phrase, "You passed." While it wasn't a perfect flight (especially trying to get onto an assigned radial to track inbound before beginning the VOR-A with no HSI), the flight wasn't too bad and was, most importantly, passable. Today I started my commercial training in the Arrow, flying maneuvers that, until now, I had only flown in the Cadet. The plan is to fly three, maybe four more times, then take my commercial checkride. It all happens so fast... In one semester I will have gone from Private Pilot ASEL to PP ASEL, IRA, with a complex endorsement, a high performance endorsement, and an instrument ground instructor certificate (which I got last month). Add on another month and a half, and I'll have my CFI/CFII, too. I love collegiate flying!