This is my last blog as a consultant this semester. The fact is hitting me for the first time as I write this that the semester is coming to an end, and I have to leave Indiana in a few short weeks — which still doesn’t seem real. This semester has been a whirlwind of coffee, conversations, laughs, smiles, hugs and learning experiences that I can’t wait to put into play as I continue my journey as a leadership consultant next semester. While I do get to continue my journey next semester, I’m sad to end the journey I’m currently on.
For those who know me, I’m a crier. I cry when I’m happy, when I’m sad, and anywhere in-between. As my roommate Brianna McKay, Kappa Eta, could tell you, I cry about everything from proposals to puppy videos, so writing this has been making me feel like this:
So this is the blog that makes me cry, and the one where I’m really able to say thank you to everyone that’s given me an amazing experience this semester. So here we go…
To my family: Thank you for everything you’ve done for me this semester. Thank you for dealing with my hectic schedules, thank you for taking my phone calls at midnight, thank you for sending me care packages, and for making this home away from home feel closer to you all. I wouldn’t have had the courage to apply for this job without your constant encouragement, and I wouldn’t have made it through this semester without your constant support. You’ve been here for me through the tears, through the laughs, and through all the craziness of leadership consultant life.
To the collegians: Thank you for being you. You are all such smart, beautiful, amazing and accomplished women, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to begin my leadership consultant journey with. Thank you for the countless hours in the IMU by the Pizza Hut, your adorable emails, all the pictures, the laughs and the reassurance that I’m making the same impact on your lives that I was given by the consultants that worked with my chapter of Initiation. I appreciate everything you all have done this semester, and seeing how much you’ve grown in only 75 days absolutely blows my mind. I can’t wait to see where you are in a year or two. Even though I may be off somewhere else next year, know that I will always be there as your friend and your cheerleader. Thank you for an amazing experience and as always, Go Hoosiers *insert me attempting (and failing) to do the IU arm thing*!
To Bri: Thank you for being my best friend through this journey. You truly have become the big sister I’ve never had, and I’m so proud to call you my sister. Thank you for putting up with my constant crying, love of gluten, and horrible dance moves; you’ve really made this semester amazing, and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with anyone else. I really don’t know what I’m going to do without you next year, but I promise to visit you and your super cool job so we can eat way too much queso and reminisce about the semester we watched 154 episodes of Gilmore Girls and obsessed about corgis. Here’s to being the dynamic duo, love always BLMEC.
To our supervisors: Thank you for making this all possible! You all are rock stars and I don’t know how we would function without you. You all have helped us through the good, the bad and the glittered, and I’m so thankful to have two amazing women leading us through this experience. You really are inspirations to us all, and I can’t wait to continue my experience next year with you.
To my team: Thank you so much for an amazing year. You all have made me laugh, made me cry, and have become some of my favorite humans. From our favorite songs, to all of the inside jokes, the trips to get ice cream, and making sure we keep Lindy Luchowski, Gamma Zeta, away from nuts, you all have made this year one for the books. I am so proud that we were able to complete SEVEN colonizations, and were able to reach and make an impact on so many chapters across the country. I’m so proud of all of the long hours you all have put in for this organization, and I feel so honored to have worked on a team with you all. While I am lucky enough to see so many of you as returners next year, to those who are moving on from the LC journey, I can’t wait to see where your lives take you and all the things you all accomplish outside of the violet bubble. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone on the team; you all have made this journey so special. Love you all.
I hope everyone has an amazing summer and I’ll see you all next year! Sending you all love through the tears,