This past weekend my cohort and I (some pictured above) join many others as part of the class of 2016. Our two years in our graduate program have come and gone, ending with a quick walk across stage to receive our diplomas and shake hands with our University president on his last day in the position. It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend with a mix of emotions thrown in. While I am glad that my time as a student has come to an end, the next chapter seems daunting – especially since my first day of work is next Monday! However, I know that I have been equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in this next step of life.
The past seven years as a K-State student have shaped me into the person I am today, even if I had no clue that I would be here when I walked to my first class back in 2009. However, there are many people who helped get me to where I am today all of which I am forever grateful for their support, guidance and love. My family, classmates, friends, mentors and co-workers have all shaped me into the person and SAPro I am today. Being involved in residence life, working in my current office my senior year, and yes even the disaster of my first graduate program lead me down this path, and I would not change it for anything.
For those who have graduated this semester – congratulations you did it!! I wish you all the best of luck in the next step of your journey as you transition from the SAGrad to SAPro life, this is just the beginning. For those of you who still have classes to complete – enjoy this time. As cliché as it sounds, it goes by so fast and you do not want to miss a moment or take it for granted.