Photo by Steve Mease
As I’m finishing up my third day of my final year of college, I can’t help but think back on the last three years and wonder where the time has gone! From the time I arrived at Champlain College in 2012 and went through orientation until now, it’s been an amazing ride. Looking back at all of the opportunities that I have had during my college career, from Burlington to California, and then to Boston and back, I can’t help but being thankful for my family and friends and all of the support that they’ve provided me with over the years (thanks Mom & Dad).
This past week has been special to me because it was my last orientation at Champlain College. I have been a part of orientation in some capacity every year since I arrived, be it as a first-year student coming to college, a peer advisor my sophomore year, or as an Orientation Leader the last two years.
Orientation is one of my favorite parts of coming back to school because it allows me to meet many of the first year students and gets me pumped for the year to come. One of my favorite parts of orientation, however, is the training. Preceding orientation, student leaders go through a 4-5 day training (depending on role) that gets them ready for orientation. For Orientation Leaders, these are often 10-12 hour days getting everything ready so that orientation is a seamless experience for both students and parents. This has been an amazing experience for me because during orientation I get to make new friends (pictured above) that I otherwise might not get the opportunity to get to know. I just want to say thank you to all of my fellow orientation leaders who made this year a great experience (even though I missed a day being sick).
This week I started capstone, a year-long senior project which allows me to demonstrate what I have learned during my time here at Champlain, and I am very excited to get started! It’s weird to think that graduation is coming up shortly… I’ve only got 250 days left until graduation and that number is dwindling much quicker than I thought it would. I wish I could go back and do it all again!
To all of my senior friends: good luck this year, we got this.
I am a motivated fourth-year student interested in networking and security, incident response, digital forensics, as well as web design. I have a strong reputation for the ability to apply technical training and customer service skills.
Graduation: May 14, 2016