Switching to online classes during a pandemic wasn’t quite how I imagined my last semester at UCA would end. Looking back, I’m thankful for the memories and experiences I had at UCA. From joining a sorority, writing for the school newspaper, and spending four years on the Student Government Association, I did everything I could during college to make the most of my experience. I can’t imagine how many brain cells I lost from lack of sleep during college, but losing sleep was well worth the wonderful memories I have from college.
As a journalism major, I spent four semesters writing for the Echo newspaper. Through this experience, I became friends with many of the people I worked alongside and interviewed. Additionally, by writing articles for the Echo, I attended many campus events that I likely wouldn’t have attended or known about if I hadn’t been assigned to write Echo articles about them. I saw plays, attended meetings and attended art shows. These events helped me learn more about the campus community, and they ultimately enriched my college experience.
Through my sorority, I learned how to manage a busy schedule and how to get along with all different types of people. My sorority also taught me how to live a balanced lifestyle. Greek life often gets a bad reputation, but it allowed me to meet some of my closest friends.
Saying goodbye to SGA is one of the most difficult goodbyes for me. Before I even started class at UCA, I knew I wanted to join SGA. I poured many hours into serving students through SGA, and I couldn’t imagine college without SGA. Being on SGA was difficult at times and was stressful, but it was an extremely rewarding experience. Looking back, I’m sad to leave SGA because of how amazing it is.
One of my friends often tells me I became a new person since the start of college. While I think he’s exaggerating, I believe the many organizations I joined at UCA allowed me to step outside of my shell and develop my leadership abilities. I wasn’t a perfect student or person during my time at UCA, but I learned from my mistakes and grew from them. When I think of UCA and my time in college, I feel happy. I’m happy I was able to leave a positive impact on campus, and I’ll always cherish the memories I made here.
I want to end with a quote by Mary Oliver. She said “tell me, what is it you play to do with your one wild and precious life”
You don’t have to be in a sorority, write for the Echo, or a member of SGA to have a fulfilling college experience, but you should do what sets your soul on fire. By doing this, you’ll love what you do and be able to make a lasting impact.