The Road Less Traveled

If you open Google Maps and type a destination in, you may get three different ways to get to the same place. Each route offers a different perspective, there are twists and turns, roadblocks, and views to last a lifetime all of which are a part of the journey. As graduation is just around the corner I have been reflecting on my journey.

My senior year of high school, I was eager to get out of my hometown and start a new chapter in my life. It definitely did not end the way I thought it would due to COVID-19, but it only drove my desire to get life after high school started. In August, I left the comfort of my hometown for new experiences.

My first year was filled with growth, love, friendships, and hard work. Sophomore year I came back with expectations everything would remain the same. Unfortunately, the love faded, friendships were tarnished, and work became a chore. I was no longer in a space where I could grow. I knew I needed a change but my options were slim. Transferring seemed like an embarrassing wave of the white flag, like I would have been admitting to the world I was not cut out for college. I made the hardest decision and took a leave of absence from school. I went back home without a plan which is very out of character for myself. Nonetheless, I spent the time working and relearning my passion for school.

Come August 2022, off to Sacred Heart University, I arrived as a junior according to student planning and advising, but with the emotions and nerves of a freshman. At first, there was an adjusting period, I did not know quite where I fit in at SHU but I knew it felt right. Slowly, Sacred Heart University gave me my spark back. Specifically, SHU Club Field Hockey, this team is the most special group of girls I have ever been a part of. They challenge me to be a better player, teammate, and friend. I have never laughed harder when I am with them. They welcomed me with open arms and have become like family.

Study Abroad, this once-in-a-lifetime experience did not disappoint, Dingle, Ireland was such a dream. In just two weeks, I met amazing people from all over the world and gained life experience I will take with me forever.

The Spectrum, for the past year, I have genuinely looked forward to spending my Sunday evenings in the Spectrum office. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the most incredible writers. This board has the perfect mix of the best personalities and truly has been a highlight of my time here. Passing down my position is bittersweet, but I will also look back on time with gratitude.

My road map to where I am today has definitely not been smooth, but I would not have changed it for the world. Each step led me closer and closer to this very special place and I am forever thankful to Sacred Heart. The experiences and opportunities I have had, and the people I have met in just two years have been such a blessing. Now, my road map continues to life after college, with more lessons to learn and growth to be had, but I know wherever my road map may take me there is a pin saved where my spark came back.

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