I’m a busy bee, or should I say Captain. In high school, I played three sports, sometimes overlapping two sports per season, and was involved with student government, theater and DECA.
When I came to college, I felt so lost because I was not playing a sport and wasn’t in any clubs. Of course, after wandering through the club fair that changed! Now as a junior, I am my sorority’s philanthropy chair; I’m also the president of the Class of 2017, a member of the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, a digital media assistant for the Office of Communication and Public Relations, and a volunteer for a local state senator’s campaign.
I like to be busy. It’s just how I work.
I’ve tried to take things off my plate, but I just seem to add more and more in the empty time I have. And, it wasn’t until this past week during Homecoming that I realized why I do it all.
An administrator asked if I was thinking of running for homecoming queen next year, and I was honestly kind of confused. It hadn’t crossed my mind to even have that as a dream, and that’s because I don’t do the things I do for recognition. I do them because I truly enjoy doing them. I like planning events, I like making memories for people, I genuinely enjoy putting others first. And then it hit me, that’s what it means to be a Captain. To enjoy your time here doing what you like. Making memories for yourself and others. Putting others first, but finding enjoyment in it.
And to tie into my other posts about what makes Christopher Newport special, I think there is a self-responsibility with making CNU special. You have to be willing to pour into CNU; as soon as you put a little bit in, you’ll get so much more out of this University, this experience, and the time you spend here.
My college experience wouldn’t be half of what it is today if I wasn’t a busy Captain.