So Long…Farewell.

Writing this blog is probably one of the toughest things I’ll ever do as an undergrad. Not to mention the longest one I’ll probably write.

I mean, how does one say bye to college life and everything that makes it so…great?

Okay. Let me stop with the dramatics.

The past three years have been a rollercoaster ride. I’ve cried, pulled more all-nighters than I care to remember and then cried some more, written over 200 pages of papers, gotten parking tickets, and well…the list goes on. College is not easy, it challenges you to find out who you really are and once you do that, it tests you beyond anything else you can imagine.

THAT’S THE BEST PART. My new motto in life is: If there is no room for growth, then there’s really no point. Cool motto, I know.

The other cool part is that…you don’t do it alone.

Over the past few years, I have had the privilege to meet some of the most inspiring and extraordinary people. They have changed my life completely and I can honestly say I would not be graduating if it wasn’t for them.

So here are a couple of short messages I’d like to give.

To my University Ambassadors: make sure to always give your very best to people on campus and those visiting. You will never understand the impact you can have on a group of people with a simple smile.

To my Aces: you all leave me speechless. Beautiful, smart, talented… I could not have asked for a better team! Your support helped me through some tough nights and difficult decisions so thank you! I know you will all bring the best #PACK15!

To my Latino family on campus: Never stop striving for the very best. Be proud of our culture and heritage. Keep dancing, keep smiling, and know that you have what it takes to reach any goal you set for yourself!

To my Advisor, the legendary Dr. Joseph Palis (yes, I am so calling you out!): You are one of the coolest people in the planet. You’ve become like family to me and I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done for me throughout my years here!

To my Roommates and Adopted Roommates: Music nights, movie nights, baking nights, homework nights, as long as you all were there, every night was hilarious and a blast. Thank you for all the sleep overs, late night talks, and for keeping me sane when my life was going crazy.

To my Pi Chis: I can’t write much because I might cry. You have been the women that have led me to where I am today. When you’ve seen me struggle, you’ve been my strength. When you’ve seen me at my lowest, you’ve given me the faith to believe and continue.  A thank you will never be enough. Just remember that La Hermandad Nunca Termina.

To my Admissions team: thank you so much for the opportunity to change people’s lives every day. The passion I have for NC State was strengthened because of all of you. I know this will always be my home away from home and I cannot wait to come back and visit you all whenever possible.

Putting my life in a few pictures was NOT easy but I think you all get the main idea.

You might be hearing from me later on during Fall Semester so be sure to be on the lookout! I’ve been accepted to be a part of the Teach For America corps and if all goes well, I’ll be moving to Arkansas in the coming weeks! I can’t wait to share the next stage of my life with you all.