To The Family I Have To Leave Behind

To The Family I Have To Leave Behind

I will miss you all so much.


One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make was the choice to leave my job. Most people would probably not react the way I am reacting right now.

Tears, and lots of them.

The time has come. It is already December. I was not expecting to leave so suddenly, but things happen, and they work in the most mysterious ways.

I was hired at a good time. There was a merge between the Student Center and the Office of Student Activities, and I'm glad there was. If not, I would not know over 100 people whom I call my friends and close colleagues.

I have to thank my boyfriend for getting me involved as quickly as possible, at least in the Student University Programmers (SUP). I was a shy sophomore, super scared to even walk in the office. I was afraid of that judgment certain groups usually gave out, with or without saying anything. But this office was judgment-free.

This office was accepting and loving. I felt immediately like I belonged.

I was a volunteer for SUP at first, helping out at events and having tons of fun. I'd mainly volunteer for movie nights, working with the tech crew. I learned so much, more than I thought I would. I never thought I'd know a tech set-up, and I never knew I'd make an impact.

I'm so honored to have worked with the best. After SUP, I moved into the SCCA, slowly. The most outgoing people are my coworkers, and I couldn't have asked for anything better.

Not only am I leaving the SCCA, but I am also leaving my actual job: Rowan After Hours (RAH). RAH has been my home for as long as I have been a student at Rowan. I've gone there to avoid boredom in my bedroom. I've gone there to make friends. I've gone there to feel safe and have fun.

I took the chance and applied to be a part of that fun. I am so glad I took that chance.

I'm leaving a family behind. I have no choice and there is no way of avoiding it. I am choosing to focus on my degree that is finishing up in May, and I am living at home. An hour away from Rowan, but that won't stop me from visiting my family from time to time.

The connections, the memories, the love. I'm so sad to leave.

Thank you, SCCA, for being my home. Thank you for accepting me three years ago and still accepting me today. Thank you for making me laugh when I'm down. Thank you for the laughs when I'm feeling great.

Thank you, RAH, for giving me the best coworkers. Thank you for the late-night sleepy "ha-has". Thank you for the constant dancing at the food bar and stories at the front desk. Thank you for the countless Alaura's ice cream trips.

I'll remember you all as I walk on that stage, proudly wearing that gold sash, representing you; and I will remember you for years to come.

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Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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