By Gianna D’Argento
Social/Web Content Editor
At about this time two years ago, I almost decided to not continue my education after graduating from Harper College. I had a lot of nerves about packing up and moving to the city and the amount of pressure I put on myself throughout my higher education to succeed took away from my college experience and replaced it with mounts of anxiety.
It was hard to envision myself in the city attending college since I was so comfortable in my routine. I feared change and because of this, I almost limited myself from my potential. Now, only a week or so away from walking across the stage in the Auditorium Theatre, I’m proud to say I’ll be the first in my family to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I knew that I wanted to go to college in the city. As I was finishing up my Associate’s Degree at my community college, I began researching city schools. On a fall day in 2015, I visited three colleges, the first one being Roosevelt. Walking in felt like a breath of fresh air. The ambience reminded me of the culture of both my high school and community college. It exuded diversity, acceptance and an overall positive learning environment. I just felt at home here.
Needless to say, I made my decision as I walked out of the revolving doors, but still visited the other two colleges for the heck of it. During both visits, I kept finding reasons why Roosevelt was my school and by the end of the day I submitted my application.
I was definitely nervous starting out as a transfer student. But I came to know and befriend many of the students in my major – I just remember thinking, “wow, everyone’s so nice here.” The professors were just as welcoming. Growing up, I had neither support from my teachers, nor did I have any that took special interest in me. It was refreshing and nice to see many of my professors in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program support me through my endeavors – in and out of RU.
I joined the Torch during my second semester at Roosevelt. The staff was incredibly welcoming and their passion for writing inspired me. It really pushed me to get out there and report and to talk about topics that I found personal interest in or an issue that I wanted to discuss. Starting in the fall 2017 semester, I became the social media/ web content editor. Having this opportunity paired nicely with my IMC background where I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and apply it here. It felt great to be a part of the RU community besides just attending classes.
It’s surreal that I’m nearing the end of my undergraduate career. Something that I’ve learned through my experiences at Roosevelt is to never doubt myself or think holding myself back from my potential is ever a good idea. I’m leaving RU with so many blessings, starting with the relationships I made to the education I gained. My experiences at the Torch and in my classes have prepared me for my next chapter and for the first time, I’m excited and ready to take this next step post-graduation.
So, Roosevelt, thank you for shaping me into a more confident version of myself who embraces change. If I knew two years ago that this would be the outcome of deciding to continue my education, I wouldn’t have doubted it for a second.