From the Honors Program accepting me to their family to me leaving the Honors Program better than I found it, my journey over these three years would shape wImagine forever.
Some moments were painful. I felt remarkably lonely and discouraged when people blamed me either for doing too much or doing not enough (the latter when there were complaints often coming when something didn’t happen).
Some moments were encouraging. I saw events and meetings where people showed up when there were 293 other things they could be doing. I talked to people who felt lonely and was able to be a friend and walk with them.
But above all, every moment was empowering. Every failure and success changed how I think. Every moment I was by myself or among others, I learned who I was made out of. I didn’t become a perfect leader, but I became a leader.
Excellence matters, but people matter more.