It is official! In two day I will be a college graduate. It is all so surreal, because I feel like it was only yesterday that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman.
It was a hot August day in the Fall of 2004 and I was checking in for summer band to start. I was only three days from returning from Kennewick, WA where I had spent the past three months. We had a day full of meetings and then woke up at 6 the next morning for some PT (which is a tradition that I am so glad the abolished in the proceeding years). After three days, and being away from home again and not knowing anyone, I was ready to go home and told my grandparents that I would give it to the end of the week.
On Friday, we were out on Spirit Field having sectionals going over our music when Mr. Meggs called me over to where he was. There was a man there that I had never met before in the circle of band directors.
"Amanda I was to introduce you to Rob Leonard, "Mr. Meggs started, "He is the director of the MBSF and I was telling him about your mission trip. He would like to hear more about it"
Well he did want to hear more about it and I was more than willing to oblige. Since that day was only a half day for us in the band, Rod invited me to go eat lunch with him and a few of the members of the MBSF. I went and was able to tell about my trip and hear about the trip that they went on to Belize. It was at that moment that I knew I was exactly where I needed to be and I decided to stay.
Now, five years later, I see that moment as a pivotal point in my collegiate career. Thank Rob for being willing to open the door to someone that you had never met. Thank you Mr. Meggs for introducing me to Rob (because without doing so, I probably never would have stayed).