What a Ride

by Olivia Barker

I just celebrated my three years with Georgia Southern and I am feeling a little nostalgic. The past three years have been exciting, challenging, entertaining and a huge learning opportunity. I have been a part of some amazing experiences. I presented at two national conferences, I sat on a ledge at the Grand Canyon, I’ve worked with some of the most amazing people through volunteering at NASPA, I lead a trip to New York City and I was even pied in the face by my Vice President! It really has been an amazing three years and while these are unforgettable memories, some of my favorite memories are not pictured above.

I cannot name the dates and times of the many heart to hearts I’ve had, I don’t have pictures of my students breathing the sigh of relief after a successful event and I could never explain to you the way it makes me feel to see my students succeed and to know that I’ve had an impact on them. Two of my former students I directly advised are now professional staff members at Georgia Southern, one of my students is currently the president of our programming board and so many other students have become Community Leaders, Greek men and women and leaders across campus. These are the times which have defined my experience.

Appreciate the picture worthy times, but do not forget to enjoy the smaller moments that you can’t always capture! My friend Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” I believe I have lived up to these words in my past three years. I am so thankful for my experience so far and I cannot wait to see what the future hold!

Cheers to three years!

Student Affairs - the First Years

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