Not going to lie, the past few days have been extremely rough for me. I’ve never experienced what it’s like to truly leave everything I know behind and take a leap of faith. But I think I’ve got it now. After arriving back from my last ever NACURH, I felt as though I was abandoning everyone whom I had called family over the past four years.
I can’t even begin to quantify the volume of tears I had shed between the end of NACURH and my departure to Alabama (well, let’s be fair, my arrival in Alabama). It wasn’t too long after I realized that it was only because of my family that I’m able to have this experience. Their words have empowered me to believe in myself and believe that I can be an agent of change. And when I’m feeling down and lost, I’ll always look back at these words to remind me to have the same confidence in myself that others have in me.
“Alabama is so lucky to have you, so don’t you forget that you have so much to give.”
“I’m so incredibly happy to call you a friend and to have you to look up to. It’s going to be tough to fill the shoes that you left, but I’ll give it the ol’ Shelby try.”
“Today @shelbyv7 becomes the first of us to head out for the real world. As usual, she’s leading the way and Alabama is lucky to have her. <3″
And while this is only a small sample, I know that it’s because of you all that I am where I am today.