Just to get this out of the way, I will be attempting to avoid as much mention of finals week as possible for the remaining school days that I have. I could say that it’s because college is about more than just finals, that it’s the experience. Which is true, but really, though, I figure if I don’t talk about them, they aren’t happening.
Not highly recommended when it comes to coping, by the way. Just saying.
The experience, though, is a legitimate phenomenon. Your college experience, reader, is going to be very different from mine in a lot of ways. What will be similar, however, is that it will be made up of many smaller experiences, puzzle piece moments, half-second thoughts and feelings. One of those smaller experiences came to a close for me today.
Today was the Ambassador Banquet. It was honestly so much fun to see all of my coworkers in one place, since most of the time we’re either in our cute little office or calling packs – and I say packs because what we do is as intense and majestic as the lifestyle of wolves. Basically, anyway. Everyone was dressed up and smiling and laughing and AT FIRST GLANCE this is just an adorable gathering of companions.
While we were all very adorable and joking around and being lighthearted, there was something in the emotional atmosphere that was different. Not bad, just different. It was expected, though. An amazing year that brought together so many unique people was officially coming to a close. But, in the words of a wise doctor, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” So that’s what we did.
We joked about calling conversations that took a turn for the strange, shared touring experiences that went oh-so-right, and awarded some certain people with special titles. (Yours truly received the Ray of Sunshine Award. Let’s just say my call shift antics are a thing of legend…)
I noticed quite a few people with ‘something in their eyes,’ especially when our seniors took the stage, but for the most part, we all just kept smiling and laughing.
It’s a special group, the Ambassador team. It takes a certain willingness to share yourself, to allow yourself to be used as a window, a guide, to prospective students. It also takes a special kind of love for your school to walk the paths and say all you can about it with such a consistent enthusiasm. There was a room filled with that tonight. And it was great. And I’ll miss it.
And I can’t wait for it to start all over again.