Last Friday, I presented my graduate portfolio for the Student Development Administration program. I mean WHAT?! I can’t believe it! Time has flown by since last year and I can’t believe that the time has already come for me to graduate. The feeling is crazy, to say the least.
One of the most interesting reflections I have discovered about my portfolio process was my lack of nerves throughout the entire process. I can name so many different times in my life when I had the little butterflies of nerves before a major event. However, this time I didn’t feel them at all. I didn’t even feel them the week before the presentation. I can’t help but wonder why I felt this way.
As I flush out my thoughts further, I think something that it boils down to is my sheer sense of pride in my accomplishments. I look at my portfolio as a living treasure that showcases who I was two years ago and who I am now. I see the scared little boy on his first day of Educational Research class to the confident young professional about to begin his first full-time career. How many people can say they have a living document that showcases all of that?! I mean, if they were part of the SDA Program then yes, a few people.
But I think my lack of nerves embodies the strong professional I have become. I didn’t feel the nerves because I know how hard I have worked and I know how my portfolio has demonstrated that. Furthermore, my community is surrounded by so many wonderful peers and mentors that have guided me and shaped me along the way. I felt their excitement in me. They were rooting for me every step of their way and their confidence gave me that extra motivation to keep fighting even when the road was tough.
I feel lucky to have been part of this portfolio process and through my studies here at Seattle University. It wasn’t all easy, trust me but the success is modeled in who we are now. I am so glad to be a future graduate of Seattle University and of the SDA Program. They made me a better person and a better professional for the future.
- Garick Sherburn (SDA)