College is coming to an end.
Yep, you read right. I am graduating.
As terrifying as that is to imagine at this moment, I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed the ride.
Four years ago I stepped onto the University of Oregon campus for the very first time.
It was frigid, blustery, and in true Oregon fashion, monsooning.
As I stood sopping wet in the small lake that the guide called the sidewalk I knew that I was home.
The University of Oregon has been my home for the past four years.
Memories have been made and I have the scars to prove it.
I have gained new skills, made new connections, and even learned to like whiskey.
So as I pack my toolbox of skills, connections, and memories I leave you with this.
College has been an amazing experience and I honestly could not have survived without the amazing staff at the UO SOJC and a few great friends.
To the UO SOJC staff:
I will never forget all the times that I have run into many of your offices in complete and utter panic. You always had the answers and inspiration when I needed them most. Your expectations of me as a student gave me an opportunity to challenge myself and to grow. You expanded my set of skills and peaked my interest in subjects I never would have thought imaginable. Thank you, you have been incredible.
To my friends:
We have had quite the time and quite frankly, I’m amazed we all made it. We have had some experiences I will never forget, a few that we wish we all could. We have done some silly things, and some that I’m not sure how exactly we survived. There have been some that we lost along the way, but here we are, ready to take the next step together. You have all taught me so much and even if it sounds like a stupid idea, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to be fun. Thank you for always being there, for the good times and in my moments of panic. You might be some of the craziest people I know, but I love you guys.
With that, I’m duckin’ out Class of 2013.