It has been 14 years since I graduated from John Carroll, and the memories from my time here are just as vivid today as they were back then. As I go through my daily life, there is always something that serves as a little reminder of those four very special years. It may be a particular food, a TV show or a song on the radio.

I will never forget my parents dropping me off that first day and the excitement I felt when I entered my room in Murphy Hall. There is a picture of me waving to my parents from the window of my dorm as they left. It was a new chapter in my life, and I couldn’t wait for it to begin. I had no idea what was in store for me. But I can say with certainty that the memories of freshman orientation, teachers, dances, friendships, sorority functions, classes and Spring Break trips are etched in my brain forever.

Since I graduated, I have married a JCU alumnus and still keep in touch with the friends I made while I was here. Many of them were in our wedding, and when we get together, it’s like no time has passed at all.

Things have come full circle, as I find myself back on campus. Only this time I am not a student, but was recently hired as a member of the Integrated Marketing and Communications team focusing on Alumni Relations. I feel just as excited and giddy as I did back when I was a freshman.

While a lot has changed, so much has stayed the same. When I was here, the Jesuits were living in Rodman, and there was only a Pizza Hut in the Inn Between. The campus has expanded quite a bit, but it looks just as beautiful as it always did.

I feel so lucky to be back and working at a place that I respect, value and believe in. I enjoy having the chance to give back to the school that has given me so much and relish the chance to relive so many great memories each time I walk across this campus.

I understand that not everyone will come back to work at John Carroll after graduation, as life will take you in many directions; and that may be far away from University Heights. I encourage you to take the memories that you have of John Carroll with you wherever you go.