I thought I had my college experience all planned out in October of senior year of high school. I had committed to dive on the Division 1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Team at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. As my days at home came to an end, I became extremely apprehensive about leaving for college. Once I arrived, I soon realized that my freshman year of college was not going to be how I had imagined. By Christmas break, all I wanted to do was transfer to a local community college, but I was unable to due to NCAA regulations for Division I athletes. So, I made a plan to transfer to Le Moyne College after my first year at Iona.
Although I had a hard time completing the entire year at Iona, it taught me that there are things in life that I am not going to like, but have to deal with anyway. Since I did not feel at home at Iona, I spent my days doing homework, studying, and going to dive practice. I told myself that once I arrived at Le Moyne, I would become more involved on campus.
At Le Moyne, I have been able to meet so many new people who inspire me to follow my dreams and who support me along the way. I became a part of the Le Moyne Student Programming Board, which gave me the opportunity to connect with students and faculty members who I otherwise would not have met. I am also a member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving team at Le Moyne, which gives me opportunity to travel all over the East Coast and make countless memories with my teammates. A main part of what pushed me to become more involved in Le Moyne’s community was the feeling of home I felt which I did not experience while at Iona. My friends from Le Moyne are my family and they lift me up no matter how hard I fall.
If it wasn’t for Le Moyne, I would not be typing this blog at my desk as an Indium Corporation College Intern. The people I have met at Le Moyne have given me the courage to be confident in who I am and to go after my goals. Prior to Le Moyne I was very shy and usually obtained summer employment from someone my mom had connections with, and, even though she did find this internship for me on the internet, I had enough confidence in myself and my work to stand out in the crowd and be chosen for this job.
So thank you, Le Moyne. You truly are my home and there are not enough words to express how amazing it is to be a part of this community.