This weekend at a silent auction that I held for my cadet employees, one of my callers came up to me and unexpectedly handed me a card with my name on the front. I didn't think anything more than "aww, that's sweet" at the time. After about an hour of playing the role of "host", I snuck back to a quiet area to read the card. The front simply said "Some Do, Some Don't, You Did". Inside of the card were some of the most precious words I've ever read (plus a movie gift card as well).
As I sat there with tears in my eyes, and pride in my heart for this amazing young person, I relished in the moment he created for me. Apparently I have made a difference in his life, and whether or not it was intentional at all times, it happened.
This May I am graduating 7 seniors, 4 of which are my Supervisors who have been with me since their sophomore year. I love working in higher education, but I hate this part. I hate spending day in and day out with people, growing with them and sharing with them my passion for The Citadel and for fundraising for their alma mater, only to have them graduate and move on. I guess I actually don't hate it as much as I just miss them when they leave. I miss their faces and their personalities that make the call center a fun place to be. I miss their ability to constantly ask me questions when I'm trying to get something else done. I miss their teasing. I miss their low chatter at night, and the fact that they are always hungry, and that no matter how many times I adjust it, there is not a temperature on our office thermostat is pleasing to everyone.
Thank you, Austin, for making my day with your card. Thank you for saying "thank you for everything". Thank you for standing by a brand new Boss three years ago and for growing alongside of me when a lot of my methods were a result of trial and error. And last but not least, thank you for growing into one of the best alumnus that I've had the pleasure to work with at The Citadel. I'm proud of you, as I know you have a very bright future ahead of you!
Congrats to all my seniors! TCF won't be the same without you!