Written by Sarah Riddell
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” – Proverbs 19:21
Sometimes life throws you curveballs, and it was one of these that led me to Roanoke College. For years, the dream had been to attend a college in the middle of Boston, MA, even though everyone who knows me knows that I likely wouldn’t have lasted a single winter up north. As a habitual planner, I first viewed this change of course as a complete nightmare, but after my first week of classes at RC, I realized that I’d ended up right where I should have been from the beginning. Even as a commuter student, Roanoke College quickly became my home away from home, and it was all thanks to the amazing souls that have encouraged and guided me over these past four years. I’ve made forever friends and memories that will last a lifetime. I’ve had the most extraordinary opportunities befall me that I never anticipated being able to take part in, but it was these that continued to shape me into the student, and, more importantly, the person I am today.
Though I’ve always been a behind-the-scenes player on the Brackety-Ack staff (mostly due to my own social awkwardness!), it has been such a privilege to work with such amazingly talented people for the past year. Thank you all for being some of the most welcoming, patient, and kind individuals on planet earth – I will miss you all so very much, and I can’t wait to see where life takes each of you!
My time at Roanoke has been filled with so many blessings, and though I am sad to see my time here end, I am thrilled to see what the next chapter holds (ha… shoutout to all my LITS friends that giggled while reading my totally intentional pun). Be well and prosperous, fellow Maroons!