Two years ago, if someone asked me what my “story” was, I wouldn’t have known what to say. As a second-semester sophomore at Suffolk University, I finally know what to say. My experiences here have helped build my character and have shown me what it is like to be part of such a warm and welcoming community.
Growing up, I lived in Florida for about seven years, during which time my family moved three times. We then moved twice within Massachusetts before we finally settled in suburban Billerica, where I went to both middle and high school. My ability to comfortably adapt to new environments comes from these moves. Often, people who move frequently don’t feel like they are part of something. Although I spent eight years in Billerica, I still didn’t feel like I belonged.
I don’t mean to sound clichéd, but since my arrival at Suffolk University, I finally feel like I found my home away from home. The lifelong friendships I’ve made in my first three semesters here excite me in a way that is indescribable. The people I have met not only bring out the best in me, but have also inspired me. I am so fortunate to have such beautiful, diverse, and motivational people surrounding me. I don’t know what I did to deserve so much love and admiration, but I owe it all to my supportive family, my “RAMily” here at Suffolk University, and the faculty members who have gone out of their way to make my experience here worthwhile.
From being a part of the Model United Nations club—and competing at the national level in New York City and receiving an honorable mention at the General Assembly—to being blessed with the opportunity of being an orientation leader for the Class of 2020, I am forever grateful and so enthusiastic for what is still in store for me. After all, this is just my second year here: There are still many more chapters to come.