After a year at Seattle University, reflection is no longer just the name of an assignment, it’s become second nature. I’ve spent an incredible amount of time in reflection of how much I’ve grown over the past year. I’m not sure if I’d be recognizable to my past self, but I’m incredibly grateful for it.
This quarter, I’m in my program’s Capstone class, which means a lot of time spent focusing on my professional development and identity. Just a few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to go to my first conference, which was in Hawaii. The conference deepened my understanding of and commitment to my chosen profession and reignited my passion for the work which has definitely been needed as senioritis has taken hold of me this quarter.
In the past months, I’ve also spent more time than ever thinking about my personal values and how I’ll contribute my gifts to my communities. I have grown in my awareness of myself, the world around me, and my place in it. I can’t imagine that this type of growth and the encouragement I’ve found in my pursuit of it would have been possible at any other institution.
While I unabashedly have a countdown to graduation app prominently on my iPhone home screen, I’m going to miss Seattle University. This school has become my home and has shaped me in ways that have genuinely touched my soul. I feel incredibly fortunate that a degree isn’t the only thing I’ll take away from SU; I’ll take a passion for serving the communities I’m in, colleagues that’ll continue to challenge and support me, and memories that I’m sure will be shared over countless meals in my lifetime. These next two quarters will, without a doubt, continue to be full of trials and celebrations and I’m eager to see the professional and person I’ll become through them.
-Avery Whittington (SDA)