Four years ago I received my high school diploma. A few months later I began another magical journey- one that makes moving on more difficult that I would have ever imagined.
Like in any journey, there are always bumps, crossings or stops. Many turns are unexpected, and there is no way to for-see the road ahead. Sometimes starting the journey takes courage and faith. It’s taking that leap of faith that puts us at a the right destination; where we are supposed to be.
Packing away my life into a few suitcases and unloading it at The University of Scranton in 2010 was a risk. I was vulnerable and unsure of how my “new” life would pan out. What would people think of me? Will I enjoy my time here? Who will I become at the end of this four-year long journey?
With uncertainties and excitement, I entered my freshman year with a leap of faith. But little did I know how wonderful and rewarding that leap would be. Within my first year I become involved in various extra curricular activities, such as working with admissions, becoming an anchor for the Royal Television Network, joining an intramural volleyball team, beginning a on-campus internship, and meeting new people.
From that point on, I carried on my journey with force. It seemed that as each year passed, I got more involved in school. Each experience and new opportunity enabled me to gain something new. I met more people who I could relate to and who shared the same interests. More importantly, I learned more about myself.
See, what makes this university so unique is it’s ability to shape the us students into well-rounded men and women. The endless opportunities and professors/staff we meet along the way help build our characters, and ultimately shape us into who we are.
Being involved in all the clubs/organizations, and additional activities helps a person grow, and I can certainly speak to that.
When I look back to who I was when I first entered freshman year, to now, I see the progress I’ve made. I see how all my encounters with faculty/staff and students have contributed to my growth as a woman.
Reflecting back to the last four years I feel prepared to enter the “real world.” I am confident that I will apply what I’ve learned to my future. The U of S has shaped me into a mature, well-rounded individual, and I owe it to this institution and everyone who has been by my side along this incredible journey.
As I part from this long, memorable road, I look forward to my next journey. I look forward to many more experiences, opportunities, encounters with amazing people and to grow more as a person.
I am grateful for all those who took the time to get to know me for who I am, and for accepting me for ME. I am forever indebted to those who believed me in me when I did not always believe in myself.
No matter where my next journey may lead me, I know that there is always a road leading here, to my second home!