As I prepare for my exit from Adrian College, I have found myself spending a lot of time reminiscing on all of the experiences I’ve had while here.
Granted, I’ve made some mistakes…there are definitely things I wish I had done or said and things I wish I wouldn’t have done. But, now that I’m really thinking about it, I wouldn’t change a single thing. I have to give myself some credit; I’ve had the most amazing experiences of my life while at AC, and I think I need to take a moment to share all the sweet stuff I’ve done.
My first good decision was deciding to go Greek. This may seem like a relentless plug for Greek life, but honestly I can’t imagine a day without my sisters. It’s a great feeling when you find your Greek home. It has created a place of love, belonging, and friendship for me, and I can’t describe how amazing the last four years of Alpha Phi have been.
Secondly, I made an awesome choice when I studied abroad. My weeks in Nicaragua taught me to appreciate all the wonderful things I have in my life, and my time in Buenos Aires, Argentina really opened my eyes to everything this big world has to offer. Spending my days living like a true porteño not only gave me the cultural experience of a lifetime, but it also put my whole life into perspective.
I also have to rate my choice to take a class in which I had to travel to a conference as one of my top experiences. For two years I’ve been participating in Model Arab League and it has been such a fun and unique experience. Yeah, 12 hours in a van isn’t exactly ideal, but the people I met are people I probably would have never gotten to known if I hadn’t gotten involved; they turned out to be a lot cooler than I ever thought. Plus, I have some hilarious stories out of the whole experience.
My fourth favorite decision was to become roommates with my best friend, Ali. There is no greater joy in life than staying up all night having heart-to-hearts and goofing off with the one person in the world who actually gets you. It was hard at times, but I wouldn’t trade a single second of our crazy, wonderful life in Stevens 236 together for anything.
And last but not least, my final great decision was to start working for the College World, especially joining the editorial staff. I never really pictured being involved with the paper, but now, I find myself looking forward to hanging out with some of my favorite friends on our hectic production nights.
Moral of the story? All of these amazing things that I’ve experienced during my college years are because I stepped outside of my box. If you don’t take a risk every once in a while you might never get to do your own cool things. Hopefully me sharing my favorite stories will encourage some of you to cross a few boundaries and create your own amazing experiences. You too can look back and say that you wouldn’t change a thing.