“…And they shall beat their swords into plowshares”

Me in front of the bell tower door.

It is 6am and rather than sleeping the day away I have been up for an hour trying to figure out how to write about my time at N.C. State. I’m not sure how to wrap up four years of my life into a fun to read, easy to consume, 400 word for you all. My time in college has never been simple. I have had my worst and best times here. But something about this quote inscribed on the door of our Memorial Tower has been bugging me.

After doing some research (my degree hard at work) I found that it is a part of a longer Bible verse found in Isaiah 2:3-4. It is a verse about how the presence of God will bring about peace to the nations. The quote makes sense if you think about it, the bell tower was built as a memorial for students that passed away in World War I. Also, we have a strong history of being an agricultural college so turning from a time of war with weapons that create destruction into plowshares that are able to create and cultivate multitudes of food for people is right up our alley.

Cultivate. Create. Think and Do.

During my time at N.C. State, I have been empowered to go out and create an impact on the world. From my time working to register voters on campus, 100’s of us participating in service to the Raleigh area, and going to Belize and doing volunteer work I have always felt a charge to go out and do more.

As I wrap up my time here I am taking that charge. Those values instilled in me that can be described by the word, Wolfpack. I plan to take that with me to the University of North Carolina  (UNC) Asheville, during my NODA internship, and to UNC Greensboro for my graduate program and Guilford College for my assistantship.

I will miss the red bricks of NC State. I will miss the Howling Cow Ice Cream. I will miss the Wolfpack. But everything must come to an end. I have to make room for those behind me to take my place and grow into the people they will be for the rest of their lives. My formal education here may be ending but I will always learn something new looking at my experiences here for the last 4 years.

4 Days, 0 hours, 17 Minutes until commencement. It’s scary and big but I’m ready.

Thank you NC State, for being a home for me and introducing me to the woman I have the potential to become. As always, GO PACK!

Court of NC

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