The past four years have been everything I could have hoped for in a college experience and much more. When I first visited Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I was a Junior in high school on a college tour visiting universities across the state of California. After each new tour, I was impressed but not sold.. until I found Cal Poly. The moment I stepped onto the campus, I knew I had found my home. The people were the nicest I had ever encountered, the community was quaint and quiet and the campus like a place I could grow not only as a student, but as an individual.
I still remember the day I got my acceptance letter. I walked through the front door late in the evening and immediately felt an air of excited anticipation. I sat down on the couch, slightly suspicious of my parents’ poorly concealed elation. “We have something to show you”, they remarked as they handed me a laptop, which I soon realized had an email from Cal Poly opened upon it. I clicked the play button to a video link and silently watched as current students happily screamed CONGRATULATIONS!!! After the shock wore off, I could feel the ducts in my eyes filling with tears. The happiest tears I had ever experienced. I had gotten into my dream school!
Now, four years later, I am still overwhelmed with emotion when I reflect on that moment. Getting accepted into Cal Poly was one of the happiest moments of my life, and would lead to four incredible years in the best city I have ever been to. Cal Poly offered me so many opportunities to get involved in both my campus and community. I joined several clubs, had five internships and made countless friends and memories along the way.
My emotions on graduation day were the most bittersweet I have ever had. San Luis Obispo will always have a special place in my heart, but after four years in this quaint little town, I decided it was time to chase bigger dreams, with the tool set I acquired during my time in college. At the end of July, I will pursue a career that I have dreamt about for the past decade of my life–I will be working on a cruise ship as a show host, traveling around the world with the sole purpose of helping guests create memories that will last a lifetime. I am excited for this next chapter, and plan to journal on this site about my experiences along the way.