Final Thoughts

Here it is. The blog post I’ve been eluding to all year long. After three years of writing about my life at Bryant, this chapter of my life comes to a close as soon as I type my signature for the last time. I am going to describe this very moment in great detail. Currently, I am in the Unistructure. I just got out of my last class ever as an undergrad. After this, I am going to take a picture with President Machtley in my cap and gown and all my honors cords. Surreal. Tomorrow I will be going to my last AOII formal event and also my last Office of Campus Engagement banquet. This is a very emotional moment.

There are a lot of things I could say in my last post. I already said my thank yous and have written about pretty much everything I have done at Bryant. I think I’ll wrap up with the biggest lessons I’ve learned here at Bryant:

It’s not about you. 

Being a leader, a scholar, a person of impact…the focus should never be on you. The beauty of it is by putting others before yourself is far more rewarding than if you had only set out for personal gain. If you invest in people, people will want to invest back in you. And you will become far richer (not monetarily, but richer in character, richer in skills, richer in laughter) than you could have ever thought possible.

When in doubt, do it.

Mind you, this does not apply to every single thing. I trust you know the difference between good and bad decisions. However, if a wonderful opportunity comes along that you are not 100% sure on, just do it. You’ll be better for it. Worst case scenario – you grow and you learn.

Stay true to your values.

College is a time where you have endless choices. Often times, these choices can come in the form of, “Do I go out or do I study?” or “It’s so nice out…should I skip class today?” When making these decisions, always remember what your values are and why you are at Bryant. As many successful people preach, it is easier to keep your commitments 100% of the time than 98% of the time.

Find people you like and keep them close.

The people you meet in college are those who stick with you for a long time. Something I’ve realized is that people think it’s a bad thing to not like somebody. I believe that it is okay to not like everybody. People clash. As long as you can be respectful and courteous to all, it is completely acceptable (and encouraged) to align yourself with people you truly care about and enjoy spending time with.

Your time in college is short. Don’t waste it.

There have been times where I’ve felt too tired to go to a friend’s birthday dinner, or basketball game, or musical. Most of the time, I have sucked it up and gone. And every time I did that, I was so happy that I did. Admittedly, there was times I succumbed to my exhaustion and skipped out. My advice would be to get out and do things as much as you possibly can! You can’t get those memories back.

Remember to take care of yourself.

If you are feeling too tired to do something, then have the ability to recognize that and do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. You don’t want to get burnt out. You owe it to yourself to take your physical and mental health seriously. Whatever that looks like to you, carve out time to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to do it.

Well, there you have it. Four years of knowledge in one little blog post. I’m really going to miss doing this. It has been a pleasure letting you all into my life at Bryant. Thank you.

Live in love,

Mikayla

P.S. Oh man, I thought I was done! Before I go, I am going to explain the signature that I have used on every single one of my posts. “Live in love” is Alpha Omicron Pi’s chapter sub-motto. To me, it means to pursue what makes you happy wholeheartedly. It means to appreciate life and all the things that come with it. I have lived by this motto since I joined AOII. It’s just one more lesson I have the privilege of taking with me post-grad.