This is the last blog post I am writing for the Illinois Leadership Center as a student employee. It’s a bittersweet moment. When coming up with this post, it led me to reflect on my past 3 years working here at the ILC. I started as an eager sophomore, ready to work in advertising and make some extra cash. Little did I realize the impact this place would have on my next 3 years of college. It was one that I will never forget.
Many of you have probably gotten my emails asking for you to write posts. You may also get all the emails from the ILC promoting our programs and workshops or our Illinois Leadership Journals. You may have attended some leadership fairs and talked with us, gone to some of our promotional events, and maybe even found us on Quad Day. All of these tasks and events are what I have done during my time here. I’ve been the one spamming your inboxes!
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Typically when concluding something, many people say how thankful they are for the opportunity/person/place, etc. I obviously don’t mean to sound like everyone else, but I truly mean it when I say this place has had such an impact on my life. If I never started working here, I would have never started the leadership studies minor, gotten over my fear of public speaking, found my love for writing, and met some amazing people with which I have formed long-lasting friendships. The list goes on and on but shows how much impact the ILC has had.
I’m sure we have all heard the quote “all good things must come to an end.” I always laughed this quote off, but it started to become a reality to me the past few weeks as my time in college is coming to a close. We never want the good things to end. Going through change is hard. But sometimes the change is a good thing. Even though we may not be ready to let go, the world will be ready for us. We just have to trust ourselves and know that is true.
I want to say thank you to the Illinois Leadership Center for the past 3 years. It has truly been an amazing experience. I have learned so much about myself, my leadership abilities, my talents, and so much more. I also want to thank the readers of this blog. I have truly found my love for writing while editing and writing posts for the past 2 years. I want to wish all the upcoming graduates a congratulations and good luck with what the future holds.