Moving on, with Love

After all my time here, all of my experiences, the ups and downs, and of course, the campaign for SGA President: I can unequivocally say that I truly love Auburn now more than ever.

I’ll be receiving my Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree this August, and I’m so excited to be at the conclusion of a long and extremely difficult journey in my life.

I am especially grateful for the experience the campaign has provided me.  I had the time of my life, and I am so proud of my team and what we accomplished.  I’ve come to understand that sometimes the true winner isn’t necessarily the candidate who is happiest on election night:

We motivated students that never care about SGA elections  — We won.

We finished runner-up in a tough 3-way race with a small crew, an even smaller budget, and no experience — We won.

We proved that you don’t have to be Greek to make an impact at Auburn — WE WON.

We faced a mountain of challenges, yet there is no doubt in my mind that I have the most diverse, creative, and effective team to be proud of. Given what we had, I know we accomplished the most. I know we performed the best. Though we were often tried, our resolve was never denied. I know we won.

Thank you to Auburn, our staff, and our supporters for an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life, so long as I travel upon the level of time. And the show goes on:

You know, I coined a great quote the other day when talking about this to a dear friend of mine: “In order to leave a legacy, one must leave.”

I’ve been so blessed to give back to Auburn while matriculating here.  The Franklin Society has changed my life and many others for the better: no doubt about it.  SGA Campaigns will never be the same, Independents have been engaged, and students are finally aware that the BIG issues they care about the most (e.g., Parking, Dining, etc.) can actually be solved by their Student Government.

I’ve given everything to Auburn that I have in me to give, but the time has come to move on.

It’s been one heck of a ride — my head held high, my shoulders square: it’s on to the next step in the journey now.

For me, the fantastic, thrilling adventures of tomorrow are yet to be seen, but one thing I know for sure today: I believe in Auburn and Love it, and I always will.

I may be moving on, but I’m moving on with love. I will never forget this place.

War Eagle!

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