In all honesty I have been delaying this post for quite some time now. When I got back from Israel I felt like I was in a marathon, sprinting towards the finish line, and I have finally reached the end and can catch my breath. Now, as I sit in LaGuardia Airport, about to board a one-way flight to Indianapolis, I am filled with joy, sadness, excitement and a lot of butterflies. Although I may have graduated from Babson in May, it is only hitting me now that I will not be returning in a few short weeks. I laugh to myself thinking about graduation day, as I hugged all of my friends in celebration and wished them on their way, the words “I will see you later” nervously slipped out of my mouth, and only now am I realizing that goodbyes would have been more appropriate. The time seems to blur and I find it necessary to reflect on all of my final senior year memories and to thank all of the people who made Babson so special. So here’s to my friends, my family, and to MY Babson:
I got to sit front row and cheer on two of my best friends, Brittany and Arber, when they participated in the Mr. & Ms. Babson Competition. I even got sucked into dancing for Brittany’s talent, got total stage fright, forgot every move, and had terror in my eyes for the entire dance, so sorry and thank you Brittany! Arber, you already know that the majority of this post is going to be about you but your poem was KILLER and I have never been more excited to see anyone on stage as I was when you got up there!!!
I got to volunteer at my final Sigma Kappa Karnival, Zeta Zeta’s Ultra Violet event. All proceeds go towards the Sigma Kappa Foundation. We stayed up for 24 hours grilling Grilled Cheese, spinning cotton candy, popping popcorn and laughing all night. I got to dance along side of 13 amazing Sigma Kappa’s in the AMAN show. Our fabulous Bollywood dance was choreographed by Brittany and Sanam. I have wanted to be a part of the Aman show since my freshman year and never had the courage to participate. Two days prior to the show these women dragged me in and taught me the entire routine. It was truly amazing. During Greek Week I was awarded Babson Greek Woman of the Year and cried in happiness as I watched our chapter receive a number of additional, well-deserved awards. I proudly watched and celebrated as my 21 New Members were finally initiated into the Sigma Kappa sisterhood! I ate chocolate covered grasshoppers with Arber in our Environmental Technology class.
I hysterically cried as my little, and travel partner-in-crime, Katie read the most breathtaking graduation letter to me at our Senior Appreciation dinner. I had the privileged of standing next to Arber as he presented his thesis and was awarded his certificate of completion. I then got to attend his bonfire in Barefoot Park where we burned all of the research, case-studies, and notes he used to create his masterpiece. Photos Taken by Arber Mavraj
Graduation day started out rainy and grey and against all odds the sun was shining with the close of the commencement address. Tory Burch delivered beautiful words and left the class of 2014 inspired and ready for the real world.
Although the fact that I have graduated is surreal, real life has been pretty awesome. I started my job as a Sigma Kappa Leadership Consultant and pretty quickly made 11 new best friends. We are all very obsessed with taking group selfies… And BRICS ice cream…And In-N-OutWe all took a trip to Vegas for Sigma Kappa’s 86th National Convention and I was surprised me with birthday balloons!We worked long hours but still found time to take adorable group pictures together
When all of the Convention excitement was over, we returned to Indianapolis to fill our brains with more Sigma Kappa knowledgeAnd now it is time to turn off all electronics and prepare for takeoff. Time for the final goodbye; an overdue goodbye. Goodbye Babson, goodbye New York, goodbye to friends who left the country months ago, to friends who will leave soon and to those who stayed home. Goodbye to family who I know will be waiting for me when I return. And hello new opportunities, new adventures, new friends, new places and new homes that I hope to be welcomed into.