UMass Boston Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Goodbye 2011, you shining star, you.

In Welina on December 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

As the last week of 2011 starts, I have a lot to look forward to next year. For starters, I am one semester away from finishing my undergraduate degree (and one summer class, but let’s not talk about that). I even know what I’m doing afterward! Not many people can say the same. I am entering City Year as a corps member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have two part-time jobs to get me through financially, a full-time class schedule and great friends and a supportive family to share this joy and positivity with. So, please, someone tell me why I’m not excited for the new year again?

I liked 2011.

A lot.

Regardless of the national and international events that took place–whether natural or man made–I was undeterred. I was on a road destined for growth. At this time, my peers could see the budding change in me. I became someone else, and it was good. With the help of OSLCE, I was able to see my potential and step into the mold that was waiting for me to fill it. I was a co-leader for an alternative break trip to Washington, D.C. last spring, and it was an experience of a lifetime. I learned a lot about myself as I held this position. I also attended a day-long leadership training in May called LeaderShape Catalyst. It enlightened me and my fellow peers to what we should be talking about related to leadership and what we want to do in our future. As an employee, I continued to grow as someone who is relied on and learned to rely on others. To these discoveries and experiences, I hold my non-alcoholic drink up to the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement for a toast. Thank you for all you’ve done.

The year 2011 holds a lot of eye-opening and first-time events in its hands, for me at least. I will forever be grateful to this twelve-month period we call a year and the things I learned.
What more can I say? 2011 will forever be in the record books as the year that was good to me. Goodbye, 2011, you shining star, you.

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