Our guest this week is another Marist S.G.A. alumnus. As the Director of Student Life, Courtney oversaw the campus' Student Life Association (S.L.A.), coordinating with and managing student leaders from all residence areas in the collegiate community. Courtney now reflects on her post-Red Fox life as yet another trans formative period comes to a close.
That is how I would describe life for the past three years. Junior year of college, a full-time summer internship, senior year of college, college graduation, another full-time summer internship, and a year-long internship. All with no time in between; but it’s about to come to a halt. Or, at least, life is about to look very different than it does right now.
I have three and a half weeks left of a yearlong internship that has completely changed me and rocked my world. When I moved to North Carolina last August, I had no idea what was in store for me. I met the seven people I was about to live and work with for the next thirteen months, and I moved into the most beautiful place I have ever lived. Throughout this year, the eight of us have learned, worked, laughed, and cried together, and we grew more and more into the people we were each made to be. I have never in my life been part of a group that has challenged me more, asked me tough questions, made me laugh until I cried, and reminded me of who I am than during this year.
"IT TOOK A HUGE MOVE, DIVING INTO A NEW COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT, AND BELIEVING IN MYSELF TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHO I AM, WHAT I AM ABLE TO DO, AND HOW TO ACCESS THE CONFIDENCE IN KNOWING THAT I HAVE A REAL PURPOSE AND CALLING FOR MY LIFE."
Since graduating from college, I have watched my fellow graduates land jobs and find their niches all across the country and around the world. It is so inspiring and beautiful to realize that each of us has something that we are meant to do, and that we each have a group of people we are destined to affect. If I could take just one piece of this yearlong experience with me as I move on, it would be the fact that community is so important. Having people around you who push you to be better, inspire you, cheer you up, and get late night McDonald’s with you (just because), makes figuring out this journey of life more beautiful and precious. The people that I have met and grown with, both in college and through my internships, will be a part of my story forever and I am so grateful for that.
"The next chapter of my life is one that I will write when the time is right"
It took a huge move, diving into a new community and environment, and believing in myself to find out more about who I am, what I am able to do, and how to access the confidence in knowing that I have a real purpose and calling for my life. I am completing this yearlong experience as a different person than who I was when I began it, and I am so ready for whatever is coming next for me in life. I have no idea where I am going next, and I am kind of excited for that. This is the first time in my life that I don’t have the next step planned. I am fully trusting that there is a path for me and I am not worried about needing to know what it is right now. The next chapter of my life is one that I will write when the time is right. It is going to lead to a story that I will be proud of, and I am so excited to be able to share that story with those around me.
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