How do you feel about endings?
I can’t stand endings. They drive me crazy. My mom has stories of taking me to the park as a toddler and when we had to go I would cry for longer than we were there. I still feel that way about so many things, although I don’t cry anymore (or at least not very often). I tend to be sentimental, and I wish everything would last forever.
Those feelings weigh heavily on my heart as I announce my retirement from the Board. With just a few months until I graduate, and with a Master’s thesis to finish, it’s time to go.
Words cannot express how amazing this experience has been. Being a writer was a dream come true. I discovered the Board in 2011 and thought it was absolutely the best, but it wasn’t until two years ago that I finally worked up the courage to apply. Not only did I get in, but I was given an extremely warm welcome by my fellow writers, for which I will always be grateful. The experiences I’ve had with them (and with the readers too, of course) have had a real impact for good on my life.
I’m right in the middle of an involved job hunt, so I have no clue where I’ll be this fall, which is a bizarre feeling. I’m sure it will work out though. I’ve been looking at a lot of software and analysis type jobs, and I’m hoping to find something I really enjoy. On to the next phase of life, I guess.
This phase of life is ending. But even though I will cease to be an active writer for the Board, I will always be a part of the Board. As in, all my answers are preserved forever on this website. But even more importantly, I will take so much with me. The Board has helped me develop a lifelong passion for knowledge, research, and helpfulness. And I’ve developed kinships that will last far beyond my short time here.
Thanks everyone! It’s been a blast. See you during alumni week!