My freshman year at Gardner-Webb, I was enrolled in a course called “University 111.” This class taught me how to think, act, and react like a Gardner-Webb college student, and perhaps the biggest impression it left on me was the importance of setting goals. Four years has passed since I took this class, and when I was organizing my computer documents over Easter break, I came across an old homework assignment…
“Kaitlyn Elizabeth Spiro’s Educational Goals (five years out):
- Study abroad in Scotland, Spring 2013
- Take courses in International Relations and Comparative Political Economy.
- Graduate from Gardner-Webb University: May 2014
- Magna Cum Laude
- Double Major: Political Science, Broadcast Journalism
- Attend Graduate School at the University of Edinburgh: December 2014
- Obtain an MSc In International Political Theory from the Graduate School of Social and Political Science.
- Obtain an independent research grant to study European and North American government relations in relation to hegemonic stability.
WOW! Talk about one ambitious freshman. I must say, I am kind of impressed with myself, but at the same time, I also want to roll my eyes and laugh. I have certainly changed my goals and ambitions since 2010…
I graduate in less than a month, and I feel as though I have the whole world at my feet. I am one of the lucky grads who has professional options ready to pursue, but the idea of relocating my entire life is the biggest emotional weight I have ever carried. It is a weight I am strong enough to carry after 4 quality years at Gardner-Webb, but I must admit that my grip is still slippery.
I love North Carolina and have enjoyed every day I have spent in college. I am supposed to be “ready” for adulthood, and on paper I think I am. But, what happens if I don’t like it? Or if they don’t like me? I must have missed the sign-ups for that class.
Gardner-Webb has done an admirable job in preparing me for the future. I just hope that I have prepared myself to leave Gardner-Webb and pursue the best future available.
Praise the Lord & pass the peaches,