Today is a bittersweet day for me. My Major advisor for the past 2.5 years is leaving. I know many people don’t even know their advisors by name, but this woman was my life-line. She weathered all of the storms I brewed in that office—from refusing to stay in the English Major guidelines to threatening to drop out if I had to take one more pointless GEC. She was my anchor that kept me focused and helped me take my zeal and apply it to opportunities that have advanced my academic and professional career.
Teachers have always been the greatest gift to humankind. They are invaluable, yet we don’t give them their due credit. My advisor worked above and beyond what she had to do for us. She kept us in the loop and gave us tips on how to apply our majors to the real world. She wanted to see us win, she fought to give us the tools to succeed. And now she’s leaving. I almost feel lost without her, like, holy shit, what am I supposed to do now? But I know that the seeds of knowledge she planted in my soul have begun to sprout roots and are going to grow so that a piece of her will live in my spirit forever. I miss her already and she hasn’t even left. I hate goodbyes, they are the worst—I am a hoarder, parting with things does not come naturally. But I know it’s her time. She served her purpose at OSU and must go on to greater things.
To teachers, I see your worth, I see your value. You deserve far more credit than you receive. You are the ones who see the gifts in us, who work to bring them out. You are the most influential adults in our lives outside of our parents. You are parents to those without parents. You are guiders, protectors. You are apart of the very large village that it takes to bring us up, healthy and of sound mind. I thank every teacher who ever took the time to deal with my rebellious, inquisitive, persistent, tenacious spirit—who took an interest in my ambition and passion and helped guide it in the right direction.
My advisor and all those before her helped keep me afloat. I am in the position I am today because of all their hands that helped lift me up.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I am forever indebted.