“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Yes, that is a quote from Winnie the Pooh.
As I’m writing my farewell, I can’t help but think about just how privileged I’ve been to have the most amazing experiences here at this university. Being from Kingsville, I didn’t really feel that it would impact me in the way it has. I was lucky to have had professors that genuinely care and were willing to invest their time on me.
Mr. Ranson of the Theater Department, Ms. Liz Garza of the English Department, Dr. (Manuel) Flores, Dr. (Edwin) Rowley, and Mr. (Matt) Ward of the Communications Department, as well as many others, have profoundly impacted my life.
When I first started my journey at this university in fall of 2012, I was so doubtful of myself. It was hard to believe at that time that graduating college was a goal I could accomplish, but these professors instilled confidence in me I never knew I had. They made me feel like I was not just a student, but also someone of importance, someone who could make a difference in this world. I am forever grateful for that.
I’ve made many friends and have had wonderful experiences I will always cherish. From traveling to Dallas to compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association with the Press Club members, and traveling to Lubbock to compete in the National Student Advertising competition with my Ad Chapter, together we learned that hard work pays off. Snapple Tour 2017 may not be happening, but there is no way we will forget to save them pops! (Total insider).
I want to encourage students to get involved in activities such as these, because they help you not only make friends, but grow as a student. In my college experience here at TAMUK, I have participated in many school organizations.
I was honored to have been voted as Historian for the National Theater Honor Society and Alpha Psi Omega, a contributor to The South Texan, President of the Javelina Press Club, and a member of both the American Advertising Chapter and Javelina Broadcasting Network. I was selected as Captain of Team JBN for the Turkey Bowl, but unfortunately my football playing skills were not enough to lead my team to a victory.
Last semester, I was asked to join a panel for a radio show hosted by one of my best friends, Charlie Bazaldua. This show, The Cup Shower, was handed down to me to host for this semester. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
I feel so fortunate to have had Sebastyon Spencer, Aaron Salinas, Raul Altamirano, and Frankie Cardenas join me in panel. Our chemistry was undeniable. Together we served as television and film critics. How fun is it to be able to say we have to watch our favorite movies for homework? Not everyone is that lucky.
We may have bumped heads from time to time about how many husbandoos and wifeoos such as Lee Pace and Scarlett Johansson were listening, because we know they are listening (another insider). Our friendship lasted the feuds.Thank you to all our supportive listeners for all the great feedback. It means so much to me to know so many people tuned in. I can’t wait to hear The Cup Shower Volume 3 next semester.
I don’t know where life is taking me or where I’ll go or where I’ll be, but I do know that in my heart there will always be the memories I’ll hold so dear of every experience I’ve had while I have been here.
Thank you to all my friends and professors.Most importantly thank you to my parents for instilling the importance of an education to me at such a young age. I did this for me, but I did this to make you proud. That’s all I ever want in life: to make you proud.
I appreciate every sacrifice you have made for me and love you. God has blessed me in many ways, and it is to him I am most grateful.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
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