[Editor’s Note: The following is a column written by Maggie Platt, a graduating senior from Carmel, Indiana. Platt served as a student blogger for Anderson University during the 2006-07 academic year].
I could not have asked for a better last weekend of my college experience! A bunch of us seniors have been taking advantage of every moment to play frisbee in the Valley, have one last dinner at Perkins, compete in some intense euchre match-ups, and watch movies (mainly chick flicks!) late into the night.
But the grand finale was really Saturday night. The Alumni Office held an event called The Senior Send-Off, which was comprised of several hours of live music, food, and celebrating the seniors' journey over the last four years [Photo (l-r): Graduating seniors Jenny Kant, Melissa Ritchie, Maria Pickett and Kelly Knarr celebrate during Senior Send-Off].
I was so honored that the Alumni Office asked me to speak and introduce a brand new tradition to our campus. But to understand the significance of this new tradition, you need to know a little bit about what goes on during the opposite end of the journey: Freshman Orientation.
Unless you have been an Anderson University student, you probably don't know much about the Freshman Hike. It takes place on the first night of your college experience. Walking around campus, led by upperclassmen, you get to meet your new classmates and visit all of the places you will be making memories in for the next phase of your life. And during this hike, everyone passes by and touches a large rock on one end of the Valley.
This rock marks the spot where the founders of our school knelt to pray over the land that would one day become Anderson University. Generations of students have touched this rock as they began their Anderson experience, and I was no different.
Saturday night we started a new tradition. Just as we passed by that rock at the beginning of our freshman year, we returned last night as the Class of 2007 to revisit the rock. A faculty member and I both gave challenge statements to the gathered crowd: Go out and impact your community and world. This is what we have been prepared for. Four years of our lives have been dedicated to changing and being shaped by this wonderful place, and it is now time for us to go forward, embracing all that God has given us and all the ways He is going to use us in the coming years.
— Maggie Platt is a graduating senior from Carmel Indiana. She is majoring in family science and psychology. Anderson University’s commencement weekend is scheduled for May 5.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.