Wednesday, I flew back home for graduation. I was exhausted and had not slept after working 12 hours the day before. Throughout the week, I did not catch up on my sleep, not at all, but instead I partied and I went out to eat and I saw family, friends, mentors, professors and my fellow Orientation Staff. Never could I ever imagine I would have such a good group around me at Anna Maria College.
Even having not been there for a semester, it was almost as if I had never left, except for the fact that I didn’t have to pack up my room and move out after graduation. Instead, I grabbed my suitcase out of suite 302 and went home.
Walking across that stage, I couldn’t help but think of my past and who’s gotten me to where I am today. Had I transferred out of Anna Maria College like I had planned after my first semester, I don’t think I would have graduated. Had it not been for a few select people I would not have made it past Junior Year. I would not have worked in Disney for my last semester, I would not be returning now to finish out my College program.
I look back on my four years and I wonder where it went. From having a kick off party every semester since my sophomore year, to being orientation coordinator for two years, to being the residence life intern. When I think about those things, I know where my four years went and I don’t regret one second of it. Sure there’s moments I think about how I would have done differently, but overall, I could not have asked for a better four years of my college career.
So this is a huge thank you to everyone who has gotten me to where I am today. I truly hope you all the best, and I know those that matter will stay in my life and by my side.