Two Weeks. Fourteen Days. 336 Hours. That’s how long I have left as an Owl. As I look back on the last four years of my life and my time at Keene State, I find myself wondering, did I do it right?
Did I take advantage of every opportunity offered to me and most importantly, am I better equipped to succeed in the world then I was four years ago? Did I make the right choices, and did those choices prepare me for the future? These are thoughts of many seniors at this moment.
When I decided to come to Keene State, my decision was based on the location, the price, and the size of the school. All of these decisions, in hindsight, were on target and some of the many things I have valued here at Keene State.
I have fallen in love with this beautiful city, and can’t fathom what my life would have been if I had not had the experience of living here.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the size of my classes and enjoyed the personal connections I have made with the professors in my departments even more. They have always been there for advice and have helped offer me a truly unique educational experience. These were things I expected to enjoy about Keene State and am glad to say I was right about.
Although at the time I did not know it, Keene would offer me the opportunity to get involved politically in a way that very few other places in the country would have offered.
I have been able to throw myself into local politics and know many of my representatives and our state senator on a first name basis.
I have the unique privilege of saying I have met, or seen in person, every person I have ever voted for, something that would not have been possible without the nature of New Hampshire politics and the attention that politicians pay to the Monadnock region and Keene in particular.
This is an experience I have truly treasured and which will stay with me throughout the rest of my life, not only because of how interested it made me in the political process but how connected it made me feel to a community that I now refer to as home.
I have had so many great experiences here at Keene, many of which would not have been possible elsewhere. I have had an amazing experience in Student Government, an organization I probably would not have felt confident running for at another school.
I have been able to be a leader in several different clubs and organizations, and been seen as an outspoken voice, and have been regularly approached by administrators and faculty members inquiring my thoughts or wanting to extend their gratitude.
These are the experiences that I treasure most of all and have made me feel connected to this wonderful place of higher learning. These are the experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life.
So when I ask myself was my decision to attend Keene a wise one? Did I take advantage of the opportunities presented to me? And am I better prepared now than I was four years ago?
I have to answer with a resounding yes and that is thanks in part to Keene State, and the surrounding Keene community, to which I am forever indebted and grateful.
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