As graduation day quickly approaches, I often reflect on my past four years at Cazenovia College.
I remember the first day I stepped foot onto campus and walked around the beautiful streets of Cazenovia.
Something struck me, and I felt at home as I explored what the college and community had to offer. Little did I know then all that was in store for me as the following four years would quickly progress.
I started college as a quiet, conservative student, not willing to step out of my comfort zone or become a leader. After these four years, I have learned many life lessons that have broken that timid and reserved shell, protecting me as a freshman.
Getting involved on campus, as well as in the Cazenovia community, was one of the most important things I could have done. I gained leadership skills by working my way up the ranks to president of different clubs, and even editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Quad.
Through these opportunities I have not only built a solid resume, but was able to give back to the college and help my peers.
Being a member of a college varsity sports teams has also played a role in breaking me out of my shell. Since I was younger, it has always been my time on the softball field and the support of my team that has pushed me to grow. Softball has taught me all about teamwork, dedication and pride — teamwork that shows in the work place, dedication that helps me stride to high goals, and pride that I can soon say I am an alumni from a college that has shaped my life.
Outside of our little college community, I was able to become a member of the local community. I volunteered to be a part of a BRiDGES program for a number of years, as they educated high school students on the dangers of underage drinking. It was through this group that they proposed I attend some town meetings. So, as the social host policy was in the process of being passed, I was there to see everything come together.