It’s been a week since TU’s new students arrived on campus for move-in day and orientation. A week later, it’s time to get down to business. But before we do that, here is a look back at their week.
I have been looking forward to today for about three months. Today, I will walk into my sorority house and be bombarded with several squeals, multiple hugs, and contagious smiles all around. Today is the day that I get to go eat at my favorite restaurant on this planet. Today is the day I get to run to QuikTrip for ice cream at any given moment without being judged. Today is the day that I get to reunite with my best friends. Today is the day that I come home to TU.
There are a lot of different aspects to campus life that I am looking forward to. On campus, I feel like I have a purpose. I am a student, a leader, and a friend. These roles motivate me to grow as an individual; on campus, I have a strong sense of self. I know who I am, what I want to do, and the support that I will have as I try to reach those goals. To know these things is liberating, and it gives me confidence to perform these roles well. However, I can assure you that I did not feel that way two years ago as I walked on to TU’s campus as a student for the first time. Continue reading
I often joke that my life is like a Dr. Seuss book. but this is truer now than I’ve admitted before.
Three years ago, on my first day of college, I heard the yearly rendition at matriculation (the opposite of graduation) of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” It seemed casual enough for the past few years, but this August it will carry a special weight when I hear the performance for the last time as a student. Because since then, I have traveled the world through study abroad and summer internships, and I have experienced opportunities that have changed my life and made me the person I am today.
I traveled to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto the summer after my freshman year. TU provided the tools necessary to go to the nanoworld through the NanoJapan program. And for fun, I climbed Mount Fuji and the visited the beaches of Okinawa!
New York City was next, the summer following my sophomore year. Being a bookworm, the big apple proved an adventure thanks to Rutger’s Green Energy Research Experience (GETUP).
This past summer, The Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the wind turbines of The National Wind Technology Center of NREL proved friendly.
Oh, the places I went. But more importantly, where do I go from here? Grad school applications to wind technology programs from California to The Netherlands sit on my computer desktop. And I’m incredibly excited, not only for the possibility to apply, but because I think I actually have a chance at being accepted because of everything TU has given to me.
But EVEN more importantly: Oh, the places YOU will go. The world is knocking, and TU can be your open door!