Monday, December 16, 2013

Goodbye Auburn

I am so happy to say that I am officially finished with my MBA!  It has been a long, stressful, rewarding, challenging, exciting road and it's a bittersweet end. I enjoyed my time as an Auburn student and will always support this wonderful school!  

I was required to return to Auburn to finish my Capstone course in preparation for graduation.  I once read somewhere that you never realize how much you as a person have changed until you return to a place that hasn't.  I never fully understood that thought until I arrived on Auburn's campus.  Spending time on campus was wonderful (although most was spent cramming in the library); however, being on campus led me to reflect on how much has changed since I started this path.  I am such a different person with a different perspective now than I was as a fresh faced graduate student when I arrived.   

All the late nights, stress, tears, lack of sleep, moments of doubt and frustration are now completely worth it.  I could not be more thankful for the support I have received while finishing my masters.  Whether it was a night off just to have fun with friends, a pep talk from best friends, family or co-workers, a good cry and talk with God, or just a smile and words of encouragement, I have been unbelievably blessed with the amount of love and support I have had in this process.  

Now I am looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying the Christmas season!  I honestly do not think the fact that I am officially done with tests and homework has even hit me fully yet.  I know myself and I highly doubt that I am forever finished with school but I am definitely going to take a break!  Here's to a wonderful Christmas that is not filled with stress, multinational finance problems, or late night final practice exams :) War Eagle! 

Right after our Capstone presentation

Surprise from my sweet co-workers :)

THE AUBURN CREED

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work. 

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully. 

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men. 

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities. 

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all. 

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all. 

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God." 

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it. 
-George Petrie (1945)