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As I sit down to write my final column, I find myself struggling to come up with something to write about. It’s hard to fathom that it has been two years since I started this. So much has changed in that time. When I first started writing this column, I was a 17-year-old who thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. However, as I sit here now, I realize that I have grown so much in those two years, and my perspective on life has changed in many ways. I went to college, wanted to change my major multiple times, actually changed my major once, and took a job I never thought I would have.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned is the importance of the people who have helped me along the way. They say that it takes a village to raise a child, but that doesn’t stop once you grow up. Now, I’m not exactly an adult, but I’m no longer a child either. In my short time as a legal adult, here’s what I’ve learned: growing up and leaving the nest doesn’t mean you suddenly become this independent, self-sufficient being. On the contrary, the more I’ve grown up, the more I surround myself with other people and rely on those around me.

Recently, I had the opportunity to serve on the Convention Staff for the Michigan State FFA Convention. During my time as an officer, I interacted with staff quite a bit, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what they did, but it was so much more than that. It was incredible to see how hard the state officers worked and feel such immense pride when it all came to life on stage. It was without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I believe that it is important to take a moment to thank those who have helped us along the way. There are many ways to express gratitude, and becoming involved in our community is one of them. Volunteering your time and talents is a great way to give back to those who have helped you, make new connections, and learn new skills. Even a simple thank you can go a long way in showing someone that you appreciate their help.

I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way. Writing this column has been an incredible experience, and I am grateful for the chance to share my thoughts and ideas with others. I would like to thank all of you who have read my column over the past two years. It has been an honor and I hope that I have been able to make a positive impact on your life in some way.

Finally, Mom, Dad, Macy, and J, thank you for everything. I would not be where I am today without you.