A Series of Small Things

By Christine Pitts

Vincent Van Gogh once said that, “great things are done by a series of small things brought together” and I don’t think he could be any more right. When I tried to narrow down my ideas for my “best week ever” I couldn’t pin point one event that was truly the best. What I thought about was the series of best days, weeks and even hours I’ve had over the last twenty-six years.

It's truly the little things that stick in my mind; such as the first time I got straight A’s in 3rd grade. Winning a national cheerleading competition in 8th grade. Making the cheerleading squad in high school. The concerts I have been to over the years - little things that snowball into something great.

Of course, it is the series of small things that happened from undergrad till now that brought me to student affairs today. Being accepted into Rutgers University was hands down one of the best days of my life. I remember getting the letter and calling my dad. I was crying so much, because I was so happy. He was so proud of me and that was the best feeling in the world. The next series was meeting my friends in undergrad, who supported me, guided me and saved me. Graduating with my bachelors’ degree in four years when I had been through hell and back was a miracle and absolutely one of the best days of my life. Of course, getting into my masters program is on this list. Working with first generation high school students to assist them in preparing for college was one of the best academic years of my life. Becoming president of my honor society was a pretty cool day. Designing and coordinating a mentoring program for my graduate program was such an accomplishment and something I am so proud of.

A series of small things brought together. Every moment, ever step has led me to where I am today. There is nowhere else I would rather be than four months away from graduating with my master’s degree with the best group of friends and family cheering me on.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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