I started work at my last University a little over 6 years ago as a student worker.
Last month was my last day of full-time work and I feel like I graduated! I can’t believe it. A day that I have been waiting for for almost seven years has finally come and it is still so surreal.
I first heard about the school when I was in undergrad. I was double “majoring” (I have to put that in quotes because NU does not count pre-med as a major even though the amount of classes that you need to go to medical school begs to differ) and double minoring and it got to the point that I knew that I was going to need to focus on my mental health or I wouldn’t be graduating with any degree. I called a family friend who was a doctor to see what she thought I should do and she suggested a post-bacc program. I literally felt the scales fall away from my eyes and saw the sun for like the first time in months. A post -bacc program! I had never considered such a thing. But she was on the admission board at a school and a lot of her students had done those kinds of programs before heading to medical school. She told me about the program there and told me I should give it a shot.
Fast forward to graduation, I come home to Texas and after a minor set back, on the school’s part, I started taking classes. Taking classes and looking for a job. I had worked already full time at a well respected PR & PI company in Dallas but I needed something a little less demanding due to my heavy course load. I worked for the children’s hospital for a while and I wrote for local magazine but then one day the Summer after I started at I randomly met a woman at the Career Center who needed someone with my background to help her and if I didn’t mind I could have the job. That was my introduction into the world of college recruiting and I am so grateful for that day.
Finishing up big projects or events or event jobs is always so surreal for me. I realize when everything is said and done that I have been holding my breath, head down, just focused. But sending my last email and setting my away message was one of the most surreal feelings that I have ever felt. You wouldn’t have time to read all of the stories I could write about my time at that place or all of the wonderful people that I have met and gotten to work with but trust me, you would want to.
I never thought I would say this but as I slowly let out a seven years worth of trials and tribulations exhale know this – there are very few places that will have had as big of an impact on my life as this place has and for that I am forever grateful.