Sunday, April 27, 2014

a look back

Well, I've finally decided to come through and write this post that I've been thinking about for the past two weeks. I just haven't been able to put it in words until now...

The semester is finally wrapping up, and I couldn't be more happy about it. I'm not normally one that's excited to leave this place, but it's time for me to take a break and focus on anything that isn't school related. I'm more than ready for summer and spending time with my family and seeing old friendly faces. I was offered an HR internship with General Dynamics that could not have come at a more perfect time. It will be a great learning experience and I am ready to dive in and explore the HR world.

Speaking of learning experiences, I have learned so much about myself as a person throughout this semester that I am still shocked about all I've been able to do! In the beginning of the semester, I became philanthropy committee head for Phi Mu. I got the opportunity to serve as the Finance Chair for MadiTHON. Then, over spring break, I got the opportunity to go to DC for four days on a learning tour and was able to meet the most amazing JMU alumni. To this day, I am forever grateful for all of these wonderful opportunities. All of them have been able to help me recognize my passion for the things I care about. With them, I have become more outgoing and have really been able to push myself out of my normal introverted tendencies, which has been one of the most rewarding feelings.

So, as I leave this semester behind (and the grades to go with it), I just want everyone to remember that your passion, dedication, and hard work get you to anywhere you want to go. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone, you'll thank yourself later. This has been one of my biggest accomplishments. And while my resume may look nice & tidy on paper, it's the enthusiasm in my voice that has gotten me to where I am.

My only advice, to anyone who trusts me enough, is to be passionate about whatever it is you love. If you are not passionate, you stand for nothing. Get up and do something about it. For me, it's raising money for children hospitals and learning as much as possible about my area of studies.

So cheers to one hell of a year and one more to go!