Senior Farewell Post: Sure things

From Allison Evans

There are few sure things in life. At the beginning of my college career, I thought there were fewer than I’ve come to realize. Besides taxes, here are a few of the sure things I’ve learned through becoming an active member of PRSSA:

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Ben Clos will make absolutely anyone smile. It is seriously contagious. No matter what is going on in your life, or how stressed we all are, Ben can sum up our feelings in a few short words and a funny face, making us all laugh and realize that it is not the end of the world. You’ve always been the spark that makes everything light around a ton of type-A, hangry women, and really have made me realize how great it is to be confident in oneself. Thank you for being a sure thing.

Erin Golden’s heart is the size of Texas. I’ve never really met someone as kind and helpful as her. She is constantly caring for others and about others, which translates into her success as an Account Executive and the strong relationships built with clients. Thank you for being my friend and including me in your wine nights. You’re definitely a sure thing.

Briagenn Adams is a freaking incredible writer. Whether she is writing a heartfelt advice post to her younger sister, or ripping a Miami blogger a new ass, she can wordsmith her way into the visual realm. I’ve always admired your skills and free spirit, which also translates into your writing. Your limits are non-existent and I am proud to be your friend. Another sure thing.

11143531_10206529475379355_6287073375078547092_nMarisa Docukm is going to change the world with her soul. Compassion for people is something that the world lacks, but is found within the heart of this girl. I’ve always felt safe to talk to her, and felt no judgment in return. Matched with the fierceness of a successful leader, there is no telling what is in store for you. That is one of the surest things.

Kathleen Marincic is one of the dark horse talents of our class. The dedication to her academic classes as well as creating a tighter culture within ImPRessions is such an underrated thing. Our members wouldn’t have gotten that family vibe without your hard work, and it has truly changed our firm for the better. That is for sure.

Lindsey Zimmerman excels at every opportunity. Need I say more? This girl transformed an ImPRessions account adding new events and opportunities to help members grow, while leading other successful teams and somehow landing an opportunity of a lifetime to teach English in Spain for a year. Oh, and, she did this in three years, not four. Wow. I’m surely blown away.

Kerry Tuttle is one of the strongest women I know. If anyone is going to shatter the glass ceiling, Kerry will. Her self-sufficient and focused mindset is only going to take her to the very top, leaving all of the nay-sayers in the dust. There’s more though. Kerry is an incredible friend with inner strength that allows people to lean on her for support. Not everything is warm and fuzzy, but Kerry is a ride or die woman who will be there when you need her. That’s for damn sure.

Cidnye Weimer will make more impacts than we imagine. I’m really glad she didn’t choose PR as her final path, because I can’t picture thousands of undergraduates going through higher education without a mentor like Cidnye. The lives she will change will create a domino effect that will reach far beyond anything she will realize. I would bet my life on it.

10991085_10206080686159905_6636606347725386241_nMelaina Lewis is one of the best friends I’ve ever had. Not only does she empower the young members she leads, but those closest to her as well. Whether it be a situation at home or with her good friends, she is someone who will take the time to work through problems and make you feel a hell of a lot better about them. She works harder than anyone I know, and loves those around her even harder. There’s no possible way I would’ve made it through these four years without you. I’m sure of it.

All of the people listed above…they will be there for me. I’ll be there for them too.

We are leaving things in good hands. One of my proudest moments as a senior was looking at the newly elected executive board and remaining members, and knowing that everything is going to be just fine.

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Thank you to everyone who came before us and those who will come after us for keeping the PRSSA traditions alive, and for facilitating all of these sure things that we so desperately need at this point in our lives. I can’t imagine my life without you all.

With endless love and gratitude,

Allison Evans

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