Imagine entering your sophomore year, just recently having been admitted into The Honors College, barely meeting the criteria but knowing in your heart that you want to make a positive change. So you wonder, "maybe I am good enough" and forget what a piece of shit you were in High School. Only looking forward now. You have this newfound determination to succeed but you're lowkey scared af. Suddenly, one person acknowledges the potential that you're still reluctant to see in yourself. Then anotha one. And another. They trust you with a fellowship (you still don't know what the heck you're doing) but you give it your all because this was more than just work experience, this became your home. Your family. You learn where you belong. You create relationships with people who don't only write you bomb rec letters and hook you up with opportunities, but they challenge you and criticize you and help you grow. You learn how to network. You research and propose and get rejected and revise and propose for several semesters on a project that may or may not ever happen. You learn to persevere. But like, then it happens!! Not once, but four (4)!!! Times!!!! Your initiative (The Honors College Induction Ceremony) becomes a tradition that will influence students and parents for years and years even after you've graduated. Soon, you'll graduate and reflect on your journey in undergrad. Who you used to be, who you've become, and who helped you get there.
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