The End of an Era

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
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Trip End Aug 15, 2013


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Mom's Apartment
What I did
Going to REI to check out some new luggage for my big adventure!

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

As I recover at my Mom's apartment in St. Louis Park from surgery on my sinus, I am left with ample time to think and reflect upon my last semester at the University of North Dakota. I graduated just last week with a degree in political science and religion. During finals week there were multiple times when I thought I would never finish all that I needed to in order to complete the degree. I was beaten down and held captive by my terrible senioritis. Somehow, with the support of my family, friends and professors, I was able to finish all of the papers and exams.

The weekend of graduation was a whirlwind of activity, celebration, goodbyes, and tears. I realized that I would be leaving Grand Forks, ND, the place that I had come to know as home, for my next big adventure. Graduation weekend allowed me to visibly see all of the wonderful opportunities I have had at UND come together and end. I have been reflecting a great deal on my next year and where my adventure will take me but I can’t help remember where I have been and what my time at UND has done for me.

I have met many new people, cultivated lifelong friendships, and encountered new philosophers, ideas, and subjects. I have grown so much and I have endured many different struggles. It has only been a week and I miss my life at UND terribly but I can’t contain my excitement for my next year serving as a missionary in Cuernavaca, Mexico. On this day, I challenge you to reflect on your past and remember the experiences that have shaped and transformed you into the person you are today. Then… get excited! Be excited about where you might go next, the people you might meet, and the things that will continue to shape and transform you. Go out into the world not as a passive receptor of the potential experience around you, but as a person who is curious about everything around them.

Peace,

Colleen
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April Dahlgren on

Colleen,
You are such an eloquent writer. I look forward to learning about your adventures and reading your blog. I just want to thank you for being the best Godmother anyone could ask for. And, I can't wait for you to come back to ND for the summer. Hopefully we can spend a lot of time together before you go to Mexico. Love you Chica,
If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have gotten involved with the Christus Rex. Thank you for welcoming me into that circle friends, and for being such a bright and loving person.

Kyle on

You are a super woman and I look forward to your adventure as well. :)

Thank you for your commitment to community, relationships, and justice in our world. Lots of love! Congratulations on your newly bestowed degrees!

colleen.maki
colleen.maki on

Thank you both Kyle and April! You both mean so much to me and your kind words touch my heart. I can't wait to share more of my adventure with you!

Peace,
Colleen

losingyourself
losingyourself on

Viva la mexico! Well written.

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