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Dear Freshman Me,

Right now you're sitting in a dorm room 2,516 miles away from JMU at San Diego State University thinking you're going to be a journalist. Boy, how things have changed. Two schools and one pandemic later you've finally found your place.

With graduation barreling towards us I have thought about how far you (and all my other fellow seniors) have come since 2019. College is one of the biggest learning experiences of your life and it's not just because of the classes. I never thought I would be where I am right now but I wouldn't have it any other way.

As you sit in that dorm room contemplating whether or not to submit that transfer application, I'll tell you it's the best decision you'll ever make. You'll come to JMU and...

  • Meet the greatest people

  • Join the most rewarding organizations

  • Make the best memories

  • Find awesome opportunities for your career

Amongst the greatness there will be challenges. You'll have tough decisions to make.

  • If you need that night at home alone, take it.

  • If you could use some extra help, ask for it.

  • If you want to step out of your comfort zone, do it.

  • If you need to spend a weekend at home, go for it.

I will never forget the last 3 years and all that it has taught us. Being a Duke has well beyond prepared us for the future and it's gonna be great. I can't wait. So for right now, stop stressing. You'll make the right choice and be in the right place.

To JMU, I am so grateful for all that you have done for me and I'll never forget to hold the door ;)

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