Onward, Apaches: Quick Thoughts Before Graduation

This week I’m graduating from TJC with an associate’s degree in business administration. I’ve spent that last two years meeting new people, studying for tests, and running from class to work to Phi Theta Kappa meetings. There are a lot of things I’m going to miss, but I’m also looking forward to transferring to my next university!

Today as I walked across campus I ran into a friend who I studied abroad with in Spain, a guy that acted with me in a TJC commercial last summer, a fellow Phi Theta Kappa officer, and a friend from Bible study. It seems silly now, but as a commuter student, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t make very many (or very many CLOSE) friends at college.

To be fair, I did seem weird to a some of my classmates the first semester when I kept moving seats. I just wanted to meet everyone…FYI, if you’re coming into college as someone who was homeschooled (like me), you should know about the phenomenon where everyone picks a seat and sticks with it the whole semester. So, choose wisely.

If I could give any advice to other students, it would be GET INVOLVED! I know everyone says it, but when you really do it—make the sacrifices of time and attention to grow with a group of people and give to an organization—you meet incredible people and get to go places (physically and metaphorically).

Reflecting on my time here, I can see a multitude of ways that I’ve grown. My greatest source of growth has been through the influence of relationships with professors, staff, advisors, and friends who I’ve met at TJC. I know many of them will continue to be in my life, and some of my closest friends are transferring to the same university as me! It’s a weird feeling: moving forward, but I could not be more excited or prepared for what’s next. Thanks for everything, TJC.

Feathers Up!


Cassi is a TJC Marketing student assistant. She's also a student in the Presidential Honors program.