I choose not to say goodbye. I choose to relish in memories and say hello to new opportunity. I've gone through a lot and grew a lot during my experience with MAP and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Four years ago I was super upset about missing MAP meetings because of marching band Fridays at 3. One day I saw an email for volunteers for Wet N Wild field day who were needed at 12 and the event starts at 2. Now you're probably wondering did I really
1. risk being screamed at
2. run down the hill to a football field soaking wet just to ride mechanical shark and get my face out there as a volunteer.
Yes. Yes I did. From that moment I knew where my priorities were. As I continued to march in my soaking wet clothes nearly hitting a teammate with my flag. I couldn't wait until spring Semester to join MAP officially.
My next MAP memory was the talent show. It was my first time being on stage after my theater program in high-school was cut short due to the death of my teacher. That performance helped me through the hurt of being back on stage and gave me the opportunity to act again after deciding to switch majors. Through this event I fell more in love with the variety of events offered and knew I wanted to help make it happen. I remember my roommates Jess and Yina going to the Swinter party and I was like dang thats so dope wish I could go 😩 I was ready to go to map socials so spring semester could not come soon enough. During the last weeks of fall somehow we actually got to leave band practice early so I rushed to see if I could make it to the map meeting. As I arrived they were wrapping up talking about eboard applications. I stayed after to talk the membership Chair Taylor and Programmer Amirah and explained to them how I had a background in event planning and was hoping to continue through MAP but should I even apply considering i couldn't be involved this semester. They assured me that if you try the worse you could happen is a no and you can always try again which Amirah did. I was too scared of rejection so I didn't. I said ill do it next year and prove to them based on how great ill be spring semester. Spring semester My best friend Covir and I volunteered for Midnight Breakfast and it was a blast. We handed out flyers and were thought we looked so cool in our MAP shirts. The MAP president Kris was super positive hyping us up and was impressed and even asked us if we wanted to volunteer again for the Moonlight Movie night collab. We did and it was great 👍 After a few events where the eboard got to see my energy and passion for helping with events; they were in need of more programmers and I was personally asked to apply and I assured them I was already planning on it! 😊 Sometimes its not what you wish for but what you work for! Ecstatic to start my new position on map eboard I was even more surprised when I was given the Stevenson Community award at the Map Banquet for helping promote MAP events and all around spreading positivity. I was so happy ! Sophomore year came around and as a new programmer I knew I had to shine since I was given a second chance I didn't want to let anyone down. During my first year as a programmer I managed to get my events nominated by NRHH, win multiple events of the month at map events, make a ton of new friends, and implement a new event/MAP tradition for national poetry month called Laugh Cry Love.
During my first year I did hit some bumps in the road I made a lot of accomplishments but also made some mistakes. Working with a new group of people, you will always run into issues but this helped me grow as in individual and to continue to push to be better no matter what other people think. Despite the late night clean ups, debates, and sugar rushes from eating one too many candies from Kathy's desk. I think my first year on the board I definitely rose to the occasion. I was able to be nominated as Outstanding Leader of the year at my first Student Activities Leadership awards.
Being in MAP has taught me a variety of things from month management to how to make the most out of any situation. Junior year I continued as a programmer after applying for President after not getting the position. This didn't discourage me because after growing through everything I realized certain things have to happen in order for you to get to where you need to be. Just like before with me not being able to join due to band. After another year of Success events I ran for President of MAP in order to make positive changes and bring fun and diverse events that the Stevenson student body had been asking for. I was able to plan Wet N Wild field day this year and it was a blast! We got to plan headphone disco and I got to teach our new programmers some tips and tricks to be better planners.
As President it has been extremely difficult but I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. I've done what I could and I would to thank the people who have motivated me to continue with MAP. My mustang family. Every time a student personally messages me saying thank you for telling me to come or thank you for organizing i could shed a tear. When I hear about someone meeting their best friend at an event or Wet n Wild being their favorite SU memory it truly warms my heart. I am so grateful to be apart of something bigger than myself and that I got the opportunity to make a difference on my campus. I will never let go of the memories. Our Karaoke nights, dance battles, picking paintball bullets out of my hair, calming down Alyssa after freaking out about her events, cleaning the popcorn machine, and of course being knocked down on every single obstacle course 🙃. This experience has changed me for the better.
I am thankful for our Advisor Jenna for all her guidance and being with me through every step. I'm going to miss popping my head into her office and sitting on the couch as we cheer through every check mark on our to do list. I'm going to miss lunch with Kathy and her stories of her grand kids and dog Maddy. I'm gonna miss Britney's smile and readiness to help when I ask for her help or opinion on random subjects. Although this semester as President has not been the easiest going virtual, we have done what we could and brought smiles to our Mustang's faces and that's the motivation for it all. Thank you Stevenson for providing me with the experience of a lifetime. For now and forever Gooooo MAP! Like I said before I choose to say Hello! And I will definitely always check back in with my Mappies and am here if they need anything! Since I've been accepted into the Stevenson Master's Program I wont be too far at all! I'm ready to say hello to new opportunities and to these cherished memories🌐🗺 Happy to have #GotontheMAP 🌐🗺