Find love, pride in being an Eagle

When I graduated high school, I thought I would be married by the time my college career came to a close.

With an expected graduation date only a semester away, I think it’s safe to say that that’s probably not going to happen.

When I graduated high school, I had no idea that I would fail more than I would succeed and that those failures are in fact a success on their own time.

When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I’d really be getting on my journey toward earning a degree.

I often get asked why I chose Chadron State. As cliché as it sounds, I fell in love.

Chadron pulls people together, creating a tighter community—Photo Illustration by Ashley Swanson

Chadron pulls people together, creating a tighter community—Photo Illustration by Ashley Swanson

No, I didn’t have a boyfriend here or planning to attend CSC, I fell in love with the campus. I not only saw a beautiful campus, but a starting point.

I saw opportunity. I saw a spark. The same spark I see in the eyes of high school students when they visit CSC for the first time.

The question I ask all of you is not whether you felt the spark then, but whether or not you feel the spark now?.

Growing up is a process of great successes and even greater failures. There are times when I’ve even blamed CSC for my struggles. We all do. The reasoning? I’m sure each one of you has your own idea, but I’ve decided it is because CSC is our parent. Yes, parent.

Just like our mothers stayed up late washing our basketball jerseys night after night during tournament play, just like our fathers lectured us about checking our oil before long trips, CSC does the dirty work to make sure each and every one of us is prepared mentally and physically for whatever it is that may come next, knowing that it is going to be underappreciated but doing it anyway because it is our guardian.

At the end of the day, we decide our experience. You can curse Chadron for being “too small” or you can be thankful that the professors, faculty, and staff can call you by name on campus, downtown, or in Walmart.

You can complain about being “too busy” or you can be thankful for the opportunity and freedom to be involved in whatever you want.

You can curse your peers, but knowing over half of your undergraduate graduating class is a privilege that we, as Eagles, have. No matter what you do at CSC, you ARE Chadron State College, each and every one of us, together.

Four years anywhere would be miserable if you persuaded yourself to feel that way. Change starts internally.

Find your spark so when the day comes for you to look back on your time at CSC you know that you loved with no regrets, jumped without fear, and you lived with a sense of invisibility.

With pride of an Eagle, we fly.

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