Today is my last day at Nazareth. It is hard to believe that I will leave here. I have grown so much because of working in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. I have learned what I am capable of accomplishing. I have learned about working with and motivating college students. I have learned about racism and the daily fight against it waged by good people everywhere. I have met wonderful people from all over the country – Sr. Helen Prejean, Tom DeWolf, Carolivia Herron, Vivian Gussin Paley, and even David Garrow from England.
Today, I am wondering why I am leaving a job I enjoy so much. The reasons have gone right out of my mind as I face the thought of saying goodbye to the people I have worked with for the past three years. I never imagined that my student workers would be so sad that I am leaving. I did not realize that I was making a difference in their lives. It’s odd to hear them tell me how important I have been to them. I have felt proud and amazed this week as they have talked to me about my role in their lives. I do love them and they are important to me. I guess I did not realize that I have also been important to them. Funny how you touch lives without knowing what a significant role you play.
So, as I prepare for work today, I prepare to say good-bye. I know that my new job will be wonderful, but today I will focus on the best aspects of working at Nazareth – the people, the atmosphere, the love of learning, the community. It will be a good day. The children in our day care center will come to trick-or-treat. My student workers will come by to have some treats and say farewell. I will pack up the things that have accumulated on my desk – photos, mementos, books. And I will leave this part of my life behind. It has been a wonderful chapter of my life and I count it among my blessings.