I still remember that first day I stepped off of the transit bus in front of the University of Winnipeg. That was back in 2010, and it was the beginning of this communications journey. I was terrified.
What if I didn’t like university?
What if I didn’t like communications?
What if I finished and there were no jobs?
What if I go severely into debt? What then?
The end was so far away; it seemed like it would never happen. Well, now it has! Yesterday was my last day of classes—probably ever. Now, I go on my three-week work placement, and then I’m off into the real world. In the words of my good friend Nads of Steel from the WRDL, “You have to be a grown-up now!”
I get to be a grown-up now. Ha. But you know what? I couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get me wrong, being a student is great. I get to learn tons of new things, I get to meet tons of awesome people, I get to work a mindless retail job where I don’t have to show up with any fantastic ideas; all I have to do is sell movies and music.
I’ve been there, done that. I’m done working a retail job where I really have no say in anything, I’m finished with going home after a full day of classes and still having another 5 hours of homework, and I’m excited to start making money from communications instead of spending a ton of money on communications.
That, and I’m pretty sure my friends are pretty tired of me being tired and busy all the time.
To my friends
To the many friends I’ve met throughout my five years in university and college, it’s been fantastic meeting you, and I hope we keep in touch in the years to come. You’re all very talented and I know you’ll all get great jobs, find some great hobbies, and do whatever else you want to do with your lives. I’m sorry to my university friends whom I’ve lost some contact with while at RRC, that program definitely kicked my butt.
To the friends I’ve made in CreComm specifically, it’s been a tough two years, but we did it! I wouldn’t have asked for a better group of people to do this program with. I got to know some of you super well, and some not so well, but every one of you made my experience in college a (mostly) decent one. To my PR family specifically, Melanie was right when she said we all worked together well. We made a killer team.
To my older friends who’ve somehow stuck by my side through all this nonsense, you’re all amazing and I can’t thank you enough for putting up with my long nights, my complaining, and my bailing on hang outs last minute. You’re true friends!
To my professors and instructors
I don’t know how many of you will read this, but thank you for devoting so much of your time teaching me how to be a grown-up. Many have said that professors in university often don’t even know students’ names, but I can safely say I made some friends with a few of my professors. One of you even introduced me to roller derby, something I can’t imagine my life without anymore. I hope to see you around in the future!
To all the instructors and other helpers with the CreComm program, you guys have a super tough job. Pushing us so hard while still taking care of families and still working in industry to stay up to date on trends. Thank you for putting up with the CreComm class of 2015!
A huge thank you to the other helpers in the program as well. You guys were the ones who gave out your personal cell phone numbers for me to call and text frantically when I needed help with the school cameras, you helped us put together a giant telethon for the Winnipeg Humane Society on your own time, and you always had smiles on your faces at 7:30 in the morning in the tiny camera room.
Thank you to everyone who have been involved in my post secondary experience, and I hope to see all of you in the real world! Congrats to the CreComm class of 2015, you guys all deserve it.