If there is anything I can take away from my time at NVCC, there are two things that have reinforced my idea of what would make me a better person. One is to carefully acknowledge the everyday faces that are often taken for granted. Another is this: at every height I achieve I must be careful not to slip up and instead discipline myself to work harder at making my dreams realized.
Of course, this wasn’t always the case, as I expected my time here to be just a fleeting episode in my life. Meddling in distractions and slacking in courses were routine. Luckily, I picked my head up and began acquainting myself with the staff and students here, which then created great opportunities for some positive reflection, as well as chances to explore creative outlets.
Greatness doesn’t come alone; but rather in an egalitarian fashion, where not only are we standing on the shoulders of giants, but also by the helping hands of the community that surrounds us. Communication is key, I learned that. And as a part of The Tamarack, I was given a sense of how a newspaper runs and the incredible effort by the staff that put their soul into the work.
As an aspiring journalist, I consider it an advantage. And as a student, I received a very welcoming admission into the communal appreciation that the college stands by and upholds. The community also helped me thrive as a writer, both humbling and encouraging me as pertains to the exhilarating and inspiring art works of my fellow students. They say writing is often done in solitude, but the exchange of ideas, mingling with various crowds, and collaborative work all testify to the opposite.
If there is one thing I can give back after leaving NVCC, it’s to replicate the ability to maintain a community and encourage others to prosper within it, no matter the amount of alienation that is so widespread today. Wherever I end up, I would hope to model myself after these ideals, to come full circle by connecting individuals and their helping hands.