Reflecting on three years at Muskingum

Going into my senior year as a Muskingum student, I’ve really been thinking a lot about my time here. I’ve come so far in three short years. I’ve developed as an individual, as a student, and as a member of society. I’ve found myself, and…on occasion…lost myself. I’ve experienced highs and lows, I’ve found friends and lost them, I’ve fallen in love.

I have had experiences beyond measure. As a Muskingum student, I’ve traveled to North Carolina, Alabama, Nashville, New York. I’ve gained thousands of sisters by becoming a part of Alpha Sigma Alpha. I’ve grown into a leader in the Black & Magenta, within my sorority, and as a person in general. I’ve logged hundreds of community service hours with my involvement in ASA, including the opportunities to participate in Habitat for Humanity two years running.

I’ve learned a lot as a Muskie. I learned that change is a part of life. My time at Muskingum has been full of changes. Through my experiences, I’ve changed as a person. I’ve become a stronger, more confident individual. I am more sure of who I am and what I want to do with my life, and I’ve developed values that drive me to be the best person I can be. I’ve gone through many changes with the Muskingum campus, too. I was fortunate enough to be one of the first classes that attended Muskingum University instead of Muskingum College. I’ve seen the state of the campus improve in the time I’ve been here. This year alone I’ve been introduced to electronic keycards rather than the traditional keys, I’ve been placed in a different office for my work with the B&M, and I’ve seen numerous updates to the campus itself.

I’ve also witnessed great changes in the organizations with which I’m involved. I’ve been a part of the act of convergence between the Black & Magenta and WMCO and Orbit TV into Orbit Media, and it has brought great things to our student media and the experience therein. I’ve also known a number of changes in Greek Life in general, as well as within my own sorority. This year we’ve switched formal recruitment for new members to the fall, providing us a wonderful opportunity to welcome more first-year students into our sisterhood and help shape them into incredible individuals. As a member of ASA, we’ve gone through some large changes in the past year alone. As a member of the new executive board, I am ecstatic with the positive swing we are on in our sorority and I hope to graduate with things still going upwards.

What I’ve learned about change is simple: you can fight it, accept it, or assist it. Change is an inevitable part of life. I’ve really developed a flexibility through my time here, and as I go into my senior year, I want to do more than react to change. I want to be the change. If you’re proactive about making things better, then change is a great thing and you can take control of it. I firmly believe that that puts you in a much better position than if you let the change dictate how you respond to it.

I think what I’ve most learned as a part of Muskingum, though, is that we each control our destiny. The things we do determine who we’ll become. I’ve learned that you can change the world, if you set your mind to it. I started something last semester, where I would text members of my sorority and wish them a great day. This year, I text every member, every day. People are so amazed that I take the time to send each of them a unique text. What I’ve come to realize, though, is that making someone feel valued is a huge thing. If you can change one life, you’ve changed the world. It takes me fifteen minutes, approximately, to send everyone a special text message. What else can I do in fifteen minutes that will change someone’s day?

In three years, Muskingum has done what thirteen years of public education couldn’t. It has made me into a person that I am proud to be, and it’s put me on the path to becoming who I’m going to be for the rest of my life.

As one of our the first presidents of Muskingum used to say: “What you are to be, you are now becoming.”

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