|my little brother and me freshman year|
Saying goodbye to a place that has changed so much of your life is hard.
It is here at BYU that I first left my family and learned to be on my own.
Its here that I first cooked for myself, kept my own schedule, and set my own rules.
Its here that I fell in love with political science and professors who taught me to think.
Its here that I remembered the beauty and power of dancing.
Its here that I met friends who understood who I am and what I want in life
Its here that I really decided what I want in life.
Its here that I found the man I want to spend the rest of my life with.
Its here that I started my life with Ben.
This place holds memories that I don’t know if I’m ready to let go of yet.
BYU was so much more than an education. My professors didn’t just teach me theory, they taught me what it means to be a whole, happy, and contributing individual. The aims of a BYU education are four-fold:
- spiritually strengthening: the faculty, the students, and the time to grow into myself have strengthened my personal convictions of the Lord, His involvement in my life, and the ultimate goals of this journey.
- intellectually enlarging: between hours of Japanese, political theory, and economics, I think I’ve learned a thing or two.
- character building: In the past four years I have had to decide where I stand and how I will live.
- lifetime learning and service: BYU taught me that education is not something you get once, its a lifestyle – and one that I am excited to live.
Yes, this whole semester I have been ready to be done and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t so excited to be finished. I am eager for the things that are next but it doesn’t mean I am eager to leave this wonderful place, it’s spirit, its people, and its memories behind.