Cohort = Family

by Grant Batchelder

This week four years ago, I traveled thousands of miles away from home to visit and attend orientation for my graduate program and interview for assistantships. I was picked up at the airport by a member of the cohort ahead of me, as I would be staying at his apartment. Along with him, was a future cohort member and roommate. I felt so at ease and comfortable with these people and it normally takes me a long time to feel comfortable. The next morning, I would meet many people and get to know my fantastic professors. I felt a strong connection with one woman a year ahead of me and she would soon become another sister to me. Over the course of a few days, I had a whole new family that I cared deeply about. It was a wonderful and exhilarating experience. It led to one of the most wonderful and exciting chapters of my life.

Over the next two years, my cohort became my family. Very few people know me like my cohort. There is not one person in my cohort that I would not do anything humanly possible for. When class or life got tough, they were there. Even today, two years later, some of my cohort are my first calls for anything: getting engaged, a new niece, or diagnosed with something (I'll write about that later), they are my support from thousands/hundreds of miles away.

I know that some of you are preparing to graduate and start the next chapter. Don't rush to it, take the time to enjoy what you have now: your cohort, roommates, professors, and students. The next chapter will get here soon enough, enjoy now because you can never enjoy now again.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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