May 20, 2008
2008 Senior Memoirs: Jennifer Roman
I joined Middle Earth to train as a hotline counselor my freshman year. Through Middle Earth, I was able to present at national conferences, participate in the Relay For Life and become a more involved member of the University community. It was in the Middle Earth hotline room where I met a diverse group of friends; we all found that even though we may come from different walks of life, we all share similarities with one another. My junior year, I became a Resource Trainer, training other students to work on the hotline. Here I learned that even though we may only be students, we can still teach each other something. This past year, I served as the President of Middle Earth, something that I would have never imagined as a freshman. By signing my name on a list and pursuing opportunities, I began my successful college career, which has brought me here this evening, in front of you.
Most of us sit here today with similar stories of success that were afforded to us at the University at Albany. Whether it be internships, scholarships, leadership positions, or study abroad, most of these achievements began by simply reaching out and pursuing our goals. Although our undergraduate careers are coming to a close today, we will need to seize future opportunities throughout the rest of our lives. Some of us will continue off to graduate school, medical school, or law school. Others have already found their next opportunity in a career or internship.
Even though our paths may diverge, there is one thing that we share. We will always remember what we learned here at our alma mater, and the many people who helped us along the way. To the faculty and staff at the University at Albany and our families and many friends, thank you for your support throughout our undergraduate careers. To the class of 2008, I wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life. Donít ever forget the skills that you learned from your professors, advisers and peers. Become involved in something new, say hello to an unfamiliar face, teach someone something, and contribute to your community. Pursue new opportunities and continue to challenge yourself, but donít forget to follow your dreams. Your future, and in fact, the world, is within your reach.
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