All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Tomorrow is my final day at Western. My time is up in Central hall and I'm ready to move onto bigger and better things. I guess you could say I was moving "up" in the world. But enough of me trying to make this word fit my reflection. Today was a good way to end my experience at Western, I had my last dinner here (as an employee) with a couple of old bosses and friends and it meant a lot to me that they were wanting to see me off.
For graduation, my sister had my close friends and family write encouraging notes for me as I go to Piedmont college. It was one of the sweetest gifts I have ever received and I think it was just what I needed to help me move on. Leaving Western is going to be hard for me. I have learned so many great things and have had the privilege of working with so many great people! It feels just like yesterday that I was coming onto campus for the first time at Western.
Not many people know this story, but the first time I went to Western for my interview, I got there an hour early by accident because of a recent time change, so I used this extra time to tour the campus. I parked near the entrance and got out of my car (in my interview clothes) and walked around Western. After half an hour, I managed to get to the further possible side away from my car and it began to rain. For those that do not know, when it rains in the mountains, it is often a torrential downpour! Being the first time on the campus, I had no idea where I left my car and "luckily for me" my umbrella was keeping my car very dry. After twenty minutes of retracing my steps and being very glad I saw the track before exploring, I was then able to meet with the staff and they took me out to dinner. Dinner wasn't in the agenda, but they were willing to give up their time to make me feel comfortable after being completely embarrassed by my drenched appearance. But that is just the way people at Western Carolina are, they look out for one another and treat you like family.
I am going to miss Western very much, but I am also looking forward to entering the Piedmont community. There are so many opportunities and I couldn't be more excited!
About the video: Although I am not leaving on a jet plane or have a significant other to give a wedding ring to when I return, this has always been one of my favorite "goodbye" songs. I will always have a special place for Western in my heart. Now the time has come for me to leave them, but I will never forget them.