Here I am, one week away from directing my first commencement at Appalachian State University, and I've never been more excited, nervous, anxious, or scared in my entire life.
The past two months have been an absolute whirlwind, but I consider myself so lucky to have experienced every piece of commencement from beginning to end.
Often times, I'll see people that I met as a student at Appalachian, and they ask me how I like my job. I don't know if it's the look on their faces as they wait for my response or the tone in their voice, that makes me feel like they expect me to say that I'm not happy, but they are so wrong.
I am in love with my job.
I wanted to plan events, so I got took a job where I get to assist in one of the biggest events that Appalachian has each and every year.
I can't help but get emotional every time I think of this process coming to an end. Just like my 10K race two weeks ago, my office is about to accomplish something that we've worked so hard for, and for so long.
I can already sense the tears that will come as soon as the cue is given for the first ceremony to start, for the brass ensemble to begin playing Pomp and Circumstance for the first time, and for the first set of graduates to walk by me with only their dreams in mind.
Little do they know, they'll be passing someone with dreams on her mind as well.
There are so many things I want to do, places I want to go, and things I want to see in my lifetime. Getting through seven graduation ceremonies this spring has shown me that with a wonderful team and a great attitude, anything can be accomplished.
I am so unbelievably thankful for the wonderful office I am a part of. Without them, commencement wouldn't be possible.
When I graduated from college a year ago, I worried about what I was leaving behind in Boone, North Carolina. Now, I don't have to worry. I am able to show my love for Appalachian in each step that I take on a daily basis.
Congratulations Class of 2013! We did it!
As always, Have a Sweet Day!