Five years ago today was a special and bitter-sweet day. Five years ago, I took the walk from Reid Chapel down Centennial Walk and graduated from Samford.
I am inexpressibly grateful for all the people who invested in my life during that special time: my parents for financially and emotionally supporting me packing up and moving to a state where I had never been; the amazing professors who took time to really get to know me and develop my strengths; and all the wonderful people who helped me become who I am today.
Choosing Samford was one of the best decisions I made in my life. I know that it was where I really was supposed to be especially when I look back on the path that brought me there. I watch my students trying to pick colleges right now and play the waiting game to see where they will go. I hope for each of them that they find their Samford that will develop them not only academically but also as a person. I pray that Bradley, one day, will find such an amazing place and that Mason & I will be as trusting as my parents were and support him his adventure.
Five years ago today was such a special day.
And five years ago I don’t know that I could have imagined everything that has happened since then. I was in the thick of wedding planning, just excited to live in the same time zone as Mason. Since then I finished graduate school, got married, and started “real life” (predictable). I was recognized as a top math/science teacher in the country (crazy) and became the poster child for 21st century learning in the county (laughable). We bought a house smack in the middle of suburbia and now will fill the house with our own bundle of joy in the coming month. I couldn’t have predicted it, but wouldn’t change it for anything.
Thank you to each of you who have been a part of the journey at Samford and since. My life is full and rich and wonderful because of you.