I still remember the day when I answered the phone call from Marisa Lacey with the offer to be an Orientation Coordinator for St. Edward’s University Summer 2015 Orientation. I eagerly said yes to the position, to a summer living in Austin and working for my university, to working in a graphic design position, and to my final summer before graduating the following year. That was one of the best summers I’ve ever had. Yes, it was stressful, and many times I got hardly enough sleep, but it was fun and exciting. Fun because I got to work alongside some awesome people who became friends, and exciting because we got to welcome new baby Hilltoppers to their new home. I became Gator certified, and that was one of the best things that happened that summer. I loved riding around campus in a Gator (similar to a golf cart)! There were times when I definitely used my certification for purely personal reasons (i.e. going for mini joy rides around campus). Besides getting Gator certified, that summer held many other memories: hoarding the free tea packets during Orientation sessions, going up to four cups of coffee a day, singing 90 songs in the office, falling asleep on the office massage chair, getting to design my first shirt for St. Edward’s. Fast forward through that summer, and we all transitioned from running Orientation sessions to attending classes. It ended too quickly for me, and I started my senior year. A lot happened senior year, and that, too, went quickly. Before I knew it, I walked across the stage during Commencement.
I’ve been out of school for almost a year, now. It felt odd the first six months of being out in the real world, and the second six months proved to bring new challenges and situations for me to learn from. Almost a year of being an alumna, my previous boss, Marisa Lacey, messaged me to return to the Hilltop and take photos of this year’s Orientation Team. I returned to the Hilltop periodically during the first year, but going back for this purpose gave me warm and fuzzy feelings. Warm and fuzzy because I was returning to my Hilltop Home to help the office and group that gave me a great last summer. It was also a bit surreal: two years since I was on the team, and there were only a handful of students whom I recognized from this team. That’s expected though, and I know this new group will do a great job. I just hope they have as amazing of a summer as I did.