So Long, Farewell…

It’s hard to believe, but the time has come and gone. I had been waiting for (but also kind of dreading) this time for a while now…

Yep, you guessed it: Graduation! 

On December 20th, I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Community Leadership and Public Service. Many of my family members were able to come support me as I sat with the other proud Cyclone graduates, waiting to shake President Leath’s hand and receive my diploma. I feel so accomplished that all my hard work has paid off, and I can officially call myself a graduate of Iowa State. It was an experience I’ll never forget!

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An additional plus to graduation is that I already have a job! I accepted a position with Enterprise at their (wait for it…) AMES LOCATION! That’s right, I don’t have to stray far from ISU and the rest of you! (If you ever need to rent a car… I’ve got you covered!)

It is absolutely crazy how fast the last three and a half years have gone by, but I couldn’t be more grateful that I chose to spend those years at Iowa State. It sounds cliché, but I truly believe that I have made the lifelong friends and memories that I was told would come along with “choosing my adventure at Iowa State.”

Looking back, I’m proud of the decisions I made throughout my college career as a Cyclone! I started out as a very homesick, freshman girl who was very nervous for college, but I feel like I have transformed into a more confident, young woman over the course of the past three and a half years. I didn’t hesitate to join new activities each year, and I definitely found my favorites that are hard to let go of.

I will miss being a Student Admissions Representative and giving tours to future college students and their families, all while falling in love with Iowa State all over again each time.

I will miss taking pictures with my best friends in front of the homecoming banners each year, and spending late nights sitting up and talking with them to avoid studying for exams or doing our homework.

I will miss studying on Central Campus (in the springtime, of course).

I will even miss going to some classes, and spending time with the professors of the Communication Studies department I have grown to love.

And of course, I will miss blogging for Cyclone Life! I’m so fortunate to have received the opportunity to have one of the best jobs on campus while being able to document my entire adventure at Iowa State. Thank you to all of you who have followed along with me; it has been a pleasure to be connected with all of you!

Although it’s hard for me to leave, I know that there are great things ahead of me because of the education I have received here. I’m excited to see what those things include, but of course, I will always be a Cyclone.

Loyal. Forever. True.

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Love,
Amanda

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