by Katie Yeaton
Another month has come to a close, and so too does my month of reflection.
2015 was a year of challenge and change. I went from a school private school in the Northeast to the surprisingly hot temperatures in London, and now to the entertainment capital of the world. Needless to say, this past year has been eventful and exciting. For this reflection I want to highlight a few places/events that have had a great impact on my life. If you are reading this post, I encourage you to do the same and to share your story with your friends and family. You never know how far the smallest of actions can travel.
Boston, the place where it all started. Even though I have moved around this past year I will forever call this place home. If you have not been to New England, make it a goal! Visit Boston and drop your “r’s”.
London, I will forever be saving money to venture back over the pond to you. Ever since fourth grade I have dreamt of traveling to England and I am still in disbelief I have journeyed over to this wonderful global city not once, but twice (and soon to be a third time). If you have a passion or just like city skylines like me, my advice is to go. Many will tell you travel is a waste of money or time. My opinion, go. Ignore the naysayers when it comes to something your heart is set on. For me, I prefer to spend my money on experiences over material goods, so venture out into the world. To quote Dr. Seuss, “You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...get on your way!”
To Brussels: You showed me I can be free to wander, as all who wander are not lost. You showed me I am independent and that when I put my mind to it I can accomplish anything. Thank you for being kind to me as a solo traveler and I hope our paths cross again some day.
New York City, the Big Apple. It’s not the bright lights or times square that draw me in, but the family of friends live here. (Fingers crossed I have a free weekend this summer to visit!)
Las Vegas, thank you for providing me with a home away from home. Taking a leap of faith and deciding to move across the country was difficult, but I am glad I did it.
Finally, to the place my student affairs journey began, Endicott College. At times I was frustrated, other times sad, but you provided me with the challenge and support I needed to persevere and grow. There is not a day that goes by that I do not talk about Residence Hall Association, NEACURH, Res. Life, the library, academic technology, International Office, campus safety, or Student Government (pictured). I miss you all at the nest and I hope to see you soon, but, oh, may you all enjoy the place you’ll go.