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Ending marks a new beginning

One of my favorite songs is “Closing Time” by Semisonic. Besides it bringing back memories of singing at the top of my lungs at Jacks, it also has a verse that strikes me as meaningful: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.”

Here I am at the end. I am ending my college career; something that began four years ago, and not quite sure what the next step entails. I do know that I am ready for the new beginning.

I am confident to step into this new beginning because of what I have experienced these past four years. I have had a lot of classroom experience and hands on experience thanks to The Snapper, but more importantly I have encountered individuals who have changed my life.

A Chinese proverb reads, “A single conversation with a wise man is worth more than ten years of study.” I have had many conversations with those I consider to be wise and I have learned more from having a conversation with these individuals than I ever did in any text book.

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Being a communication major I was fortunate to interact and learn from who I consider to be very wise professionals. I would like to just brag about the department for a second. The whole Communication and Theatre Department deserves a lot of praise. Each professor in that department that I have had the pleasure from learning from has taught me something valuable. They opened up doors for me and really introduced me to concepts and ideas that really inspired me. They not only supported my endeavors in the classroom, but outside as well. They always put the students first and made me feel like it was worth showing up for class. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for what you have taught me.

I would especially like to thank Dr. Wood. You have been an amazing mentor for me and I wish I had more time to learn from you. As silly as it sounds I think my purpose for coming to Millersville was to hear you say “separate your who from your do.” That concept is something I struggled with for a long time.

I would also like to thank Gene Ellis for believing in me as a leader and all the support and guidance he has given to The Snapper.

I consider myself very blessed to have had experiences that make saying goodbye to Millersville so hard. Most of those experiences stem from my time spent at The Snapper.  I am also very blessed to know that I am saying good-bye to an era, not to the relationships I have formed during my last four years. The Snapper gave me the opportunity to get to know some of the most fabulous individuals who have changed my life for the better and helped me to find myself. For that I am very grateful and to me that is what made this whole experience worth it. I would like to thank all the individuals who have contributed to the Snapper and I appreciate your dedication. To Katrina, Zack, Andrew, Allison, Amanda, Nina, Carla, Laura and Jenna, we have been friends for a good chunk of time and your friendship has meant more to me than I can ever express.

Lately I have found myself listening to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts and thinking about all the great things that life has in-store for these great individuals I have met and I would really like to dedicate this song to them. I sincerely hope that “this life becomes all that you want it to, that your dreams stay big and your worries stay small and you never have to carry more than you can hold. And when your out there getting where your getting to I hope you know that somebody loves you.”

On May 2nd it will be Closing time. I will be tossing my cap and putting an end to a beginning that I started four years ago. A beginning that I will cherish forever because it equipped me for the next phase; whatever that maybe.

Augusta is graduating with a degree in Speech Communication with an option in Public Relations and a minor in Print Media Studies.