Posted by Sheryn Crater on
Friday, June 07, 2013
As I look back on my college years the first feelings that emerge are both happiness and thankfulness. It is a blessing to be able to engage in higher education, and in my opinion the best opportunity of my life, thus far, to receive a degree from Seattle University. Throughout my time here I have grown as a student and an individual into an honest, reflective, and passionate young adult who is ready to tackle life as a working professional, and hopefully leave a lasting impression on the people I am able to contact in this world.
It is strange to think back to move-in day in September of 2009. Am I still the same Amanda? I would say yes. But am I a better Amanda? Most definitely! Throughout my time at Seattle U I have been able to be involved as a student-athlete and a student-leader and both of these experiences have helped me to mature, and grow into the young adult that sits here now reflecting on her college career.
As a student-athlete I have been able to represent Seattle University as a member of the track and field team, I and have learned so much more than how to heave a hammer 46 meters. I became a good teammate, I became accountable, and I developed the skills to tackle difficult tasks head on. I am thankful to our coaching staff for helping me to do this and for their commitment to our team. As a New Student Mentor in Albers I have truly developed as a leader. I have been given the opportunity to practice my leadership skills, through trial and error, with a dedicated and passionate group of supervisors. There are not enough kind words I could say about our graduate assistants, Therese Credle and Megan Fillipi, and our supervisor Dhorea Brown. All of them work to keep us updated so that we can remain good mentors, but also educate us as young professionals so that we are prepared to be leaders out in the “real world.” To them I owe sincere gratitude.
My extracurricular activities aided a lot in my development, but as a student I have had amazing experience and have had professors who have helped me grow as a young professional. Albers, overall, has an amazing group of professors, and especially in my respective major, accounting. I respect each and every accounting professor who I have taken courses with. I remember them all. Niranjan Chipalkatti sparked my love of accounting, and each professor thereafter has kept the flame alive. I am so grateful to Chips, Sarah Bee, Marinilka Kimbro, John Merle, Jim Schneidmiller, Dave Tinius, and Vidya Awasthi. I name them all because they deserve recognition, even if it is simply in the blog of one of the many 2013 graduates. All of these professors have displayed their love and passion for the field that we as students aspire to be a part of. I have continually been challenged, but always motivated, tested, but fairly rewarded. I appreciate the openness that all of these professors have given us. I have learned the ins and outs of debits and credits, rules and regulation, and the intricacies of the financial statements. Most importantly, though, I have learned to work hard and recognize just how much I am capable of.
As if I haven’t said it enough, I am just so thankful for EVERYTHING Seattle University had given me. In closing, I think I will end with my personal mission statement. This is something we were required to make for our Management 489 class. This is one of the capstone courses in Albers, so it makes sense in this class I would be asked to define my personal mission and who I want to be. My personal mission statement is:
I am a person who is dedicated to honesty and goodness, and have used this as motivation to develop a broad set of skills and knowledge that will have an impact on others’ lives. I am always ready to give my all to whatever I choose to do and with whomever I cross paths. I will never falter in my dedication to my commitments as a businesswoman, and one day as a wife and mother. I am confident that I can do it all, and am ready to learn and experience this world with a smile and a positive attitude each and every day.
And with that it is goodbye. I will never forget my time here and all who have touched my life. I also hope I have had an impact on some people so that they will never forget me. Thank you, thank you, and thank you times a bazillion Albers School of Business and Economics and Albers University! Toodles!
Accounting Major (Senior) | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University
New Student Mentor | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University
Track and Field Athlete | Hammer Throw