As my last few weeks of being a college student come to an end, I cannot help but reminisce on all the memories I have made over my past four years here at SHU. When I think back on all of the significant moments I have had here, there are so many people, organizations and aspects of this university that are responsible for making my four years of college the best they could have possibly been. So here is to many thank you’s that are the reason for making my college experience the greatest.
Mom and Dad. This one goes without needing to be said. I would literally not be here if it was not for you two. Everything I have and get to do is because of you both. If it was not for your constant motivation and support, I would never have been able to make it past the first week of freshman year, let alone be graduating. From listening to me cry freshman year with the tough adjustment of moving away from home to cheering me on with every accomplishment I made, you two were there for me every step of the way. Thank you so much for everything you are always doing for me.
My sister, Megan. I’ve always looked up to you because of the amazing things you are always accomplishing. Many of my college achievements are credited to you always having confidence in me. You paved the way for doing so many great things and by doing everything you did, I always looked up to you and wanted to do some of the things you did, like join a sorority and be as successful as you are. Thank you for always pushing me to be my best self.
My housemates and the friends I’ve made along the way. There’s no way I would have been able to make it through four years without all of you by my side. You quickly turned into family, and I will miss you all so much. From movie nights to going out and staying up all night chatting about life, it hurts me to think that we will not share these moments anymore. Always having the luxury of walking into each other’s rooms, or going on late night ice cream runs in the middle of the week. I am so thankful to each and every one of you for giving me these memories to look back on, and I will cherish them forever.
Chi Omega and the Panhellenic Community. You have made me into a strong, confident woman who knows her worth in this world. I found a home within you and was able to meet the most amazing women and sisters with similar purposes in life. You helped me to grow as a person and expand my leadership skills that I will take with me into the real world. Thank you for giving me friends that will be standing next to me for a lifetime as well as memories and opportunities that have turned me into a better person than I was before.
Spectrum. I’ve always had a passion for writing, but Spectrum has taught me so much more than I ever would have known. I have had the opportunity to work with an amazing staff the past two years of being on the board as well as mentor and lead numerous groups of writers within the class and have the pleasure of seeing them each grow into better writers. Thank you Spectrum for allowing me to grow as a writer, editor, team member and leader simultaneously.
Sacred Heart University. Last but certainly not least, the place that is truly a home away from home. When I think about leaving SHU, all the big things come to mind like my last formal, last class and last time being with all my friends. But there are so many small things about this campus that I’m also going to miss as well, like the last time seeing the beautiful cherry blossom trees as I walk past 63’s patio, or the last time getting my favorite Linda’s wrap. I am so grateful to have called Sacred Heart home for the past four years. It has given me so much and I can never thank it enough.