It’s strange. I don’t feel like just yesterday I was graduating high school as so many Seniors tend to claim. To me, college has not flown by at all. As “G- Day” is quickly approaching, though I am anxious/ afraid/ worried about my future, I know that it is time for me to leave and start a new chapter in my life as I did four years ago when leaving high school. JMU has taught me a lot and helped my grow as a person and I am thankful for that, but it is now time to take what I have learned and apply it to being a “real person.”
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without JMU but I also wouldn’t be who I am without the University Program Board. I started as a committee member sophomore year and had the opportunity to serve on the Executive Board my Senior year. I can safely say ladies and gentlemen, my experiences with UPB have been what we call a life changer. One of my favorite memories from being on exec this past year was our most recent Convocation show featuring Wiz Khalifa. I had a blast being around my UPBers all day and being delirious with them into the wee hours of the morning. If you have never worked a Convo show you are missing out! What I love and will miss about UPB is the people and their passion for what they are doing for the University and what a joy they are to be around.
My plans for the future? I am staying in Harrisonburg this summer to work and save money because I am packing my bags and heading to Florida to intern with Disney in late August. Words can not explain how I am excited I am to have this opportunity. I have been interested in doing the internship since my freshmen year, but wanted to graduate on time so I never applied for it. When I found out you could apply as a graduating senior I knew I would regret it if I didn’t apply. Where JMU and UPB has left off is where Disney will pick up in my journey of life. I am excited/ anxious/ scared of what is to come but as everything has at JMU, I know everything will work out in the end. With a bit of passion and determination, dreams really can come true.
~Katelyn Diehl, Executive Assistant