Only the Beginning

How do I ever go about writing my last blog? I have spent the last three and a half years always thinking in the back of my mind "I need to blog today" or "This would make for a great blog." I used to keep a white-board above my desk to write reminders, and "blog" has been at the top of my list since I started this job. I have always told people that I had the best job at UD because I write about my life from wherever whenever. I have always wanted to post more often than I actually did because every day at UD was something worth sharing. There was not a single day that I didn't have a nice encounter with somebody, an exciting revelation in a class discussion, or a hearty laugh with friends. I have always wanted to post pictures of all of my memories, but I have to reconcile to the fact that I just did not get there. Fortunately, UD's website is packed full of pictures of students in their everyday lives and those pictures are honest.

Blogging about my life here has been the best job ever because UD is such a great place to be. My career counselor, Lisa Warren, said her job is the best job because it is so easy to talk with UD students all day. She said it is so easy to do her job because she believes in UD so much, and she connects so well with the mission. I feel the same way; it is easy to talk about a place that really is focused on community, service, leadership, academics, and developing strong character. If you are reading this blog as a prospective student, a parent, a current student, or an alumni, rest assured in knowing that you are part of or about to be part of a united body, all working toward a better world. Being a UD student or alumni means that you have a shared vision and are working toward a common goal of making the world a better place.

When I was making the decision to come to UD, I will never forget coming to UD on one of the first nice days of the year in the spring of 2009. I wanted to see UD without a tour guide and be sure that I was choosing the right school. I immediately knew I was making the right decision because there were hundreds of students on KU plaza participating in the Relay for Life. There were students on every piece of land playing games, playing instruments, and just enjoying life. I ventured into the science center and saw posters all over the walls of student research projects, students on trips to places like Costa Rica, and posters advertising for the next service project. I knew without a doubt that I was coming to the right place.

Once I started at UD, things were not all peaches and cream. My first semester was extremely hard, and I really questioned whether or not I had made the right decision. Coming from a small, farm school to UD was not an easy transition. I quickly learned that I had the option of taking on the biggest challenge of my life and pushing myself out of my comfort zone or transferring to a smaller school, closer to home, in my comfort zone. Obviously, I chose to challenge myself to do what I had never done before. I am glad that I stuck it out during that tough first semester and all those to follow because I allowed myself to grow beyond what I ever imagined. I am so grateful for these past four years of my life. I have learned that I can do more than I ever thought possible, I have learned that I really can make a difference, and I feel confident in my future because I have been prepared by the most inspiring people. Thanks for everything! God Bless!


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