Beginnings & Endings

Two years ago I was nothing more than an antsy high school senior with a bad case of senioritis. All I wanted was to receive my diploma, walk across that stage, and immediately head off to college. Two years later, with only 3 weeks left in the semester, and I’m dreading the halfway mark until graduation. Lately, I have found myself spending so much time reflecting on all of the awesome opportunities and memories I have from the past two years at Ball State, as well as fearing the day I have to leave this great place, that I have completely forgotten to actually rejoice in the now. So although my time as a college student will one day end, I am starting to realize that it only means a new chapter in my life will begin, for whenever something ends, something new begins.

Not to brag, but I am so unbelievably thankful for both the opportunities I have been given thus far in college, but also for all of the opportunities that are coming my way in the near future.

Foremost, I am grateful and excited to spend another year with Thrive Credit Union. I was hired on this past August as the Marketing Intern, and have been asked to continue working with the company for the next year. I remember reading the job posting, almost a year ago, and thinking it sounded like the perfect job. Actually at one point in high school, I wanted to become a bank manager, so it was perfect that a credit union was offering a marketing internship. Also, I have been given so many opportunities and responsibilities at my internship during the past 7 months that I honestly do not believe I could have gotten anywhere else, whether that be in a classroom or another job position. It’s been an exciting two semesters with the company, and I have loved seeing the name change play out. I cannot wait to see what is in store for the next year here!

I am also so excited to have been given the opportunity to work as an Orientation Leader this summer. This was a very sought after position on campus and while going through the interview process, I was very unsure if I would be offered a position. Fortunately, I was! I have loved getting to know my coworkers, and look forward to welcoming incoming freshman to Ball State, and showing them what an amazing university it is. This is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Finally, I am looking forward to my second semester as Sigma Kappa’s Vice President of New Member Education. Going into this semester, I was nervous about being able to fulfill all of the responsibilities of the position, and being an effective teacher and role model to the new members. However, I was extremely proud to have a 100% initiation rate with my spring new member class, and to have had the opportunity to teach such amazing girls. It is going to be a lot more difficult in the fall, with 50-60 new members, but I am looking forward to the opportunity and challenge. With this semester behind me, I have no doubt I will be successful in this role.

At the end of the day, I am trying to live in the moment. I realize now that days will pass by me quickly, and that I should be thankful for everything that happens in my life-big or small, positive or negative. However, I also recognize that change is not a bad thing. It helps us grow as individuals. One of my favorite quotes is, “The struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise; happiness has its own way of taking it’s sweet time”. For with everything that ends, something amazing is in store to begin!

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