Dear Ma Tech:
As my time with you comes to an end, there comes time to reflect on my journey with you. When I came to your campus in middle school while my older sister was here, I instantly fell in love and knew I wanted to come here for college. Fast-forward four years later, you welcomed me with open arms into your family. Little did I know, however, how much I would treasure my time with you. My journey here may not have been the smoothest with group projects, tough midterms, and late nights aplenty, but I am all the better for it. You have helped turn a naive 18-year-old kid into a battle-tested problem solver ready for whatever the world throws at him. You've also given me more than just an invaluable education.
You gave me resources to further my career and professional education through co-ops and internships
You gave me outlets to explore my interests in cybersecurity through elective classwork and extracurricular activity.
But most of all, you gave me an outlet to keep my passion for music and sports alive: the Georgia Tech School of Music.
When I first got to campus and auditioned for my first college concert ensemble, I assumed it would be just like high school: learn some new pieces, perform with some really talented musicians, and have a time to keep my mind clear of the worries of academics. What I did not realize, however, was the strength of the School of Music community. What started out as a simple membership in the Symphonic Band quickly became a gateway to something greater. Through Symphonic Band, I met so many talented musicians and some of the coolest people on campus. They successfully convinced me to join the Yellow Jacket Marching Band, which let me meet even more amazing people and forge new memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. As a result, these experiences strengthened my love for you to the point where I am not ready to leave.
Unfortunately, that time fast approaches. So as I prepare to enter my final semester with you, I cherish every moment I have spent here. From grinding out the last few lines of code for a programming project or the last few paragraphs of a written assignment, to cheering on the Yellow Jackets to some of their greatest victories, and everything in between, it has truly been an experience to behold. Here's to more memories in one last push for glory before graduation as I prepare to close one chapter of my life and open another.
O Scion of the Southland, in my heart you shall forever fly.
An ever-grateful son of Tech.