It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in Lubbock and seen some familiar Terry faces, but I hope that the semester is treating you all well and the wind is being kinder than I remember. To my fellow alumni, I hope that this post finds you healthy and happy… I miss you guys!
Anyway, just a little bit about myself - I grew up in Waco but left the land of Baylor and Fixer Upper to make Lubbock my home for a short four years. Thanks to the Terry Foundation, my time spent in West Texas not only challenged and grew me as a person but gave me some of the best friends and memories I could have ever wished for. I graduated in 2016 with my biology degree and started PA school at UT Southwestern a few days after. It’s been a crazy journey thus far and I still have a lot of learning left to do, but hopefully I can offer some virtual words of wisdom and encouragement.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far is this – your worth is in so much more than making the grade or getting the job. Following the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Terry, the Terry scholars tend to be an incredibly driven and high achieving group and I am SURE that that holds true for each and every one of you. You work hard day in and day out to make the grades, keep up the extracurriculars, and make the right connections that set you up for success and your dream career even if it means piling on the stress and pulling a few all-nighters. That being said, it is so easy to get caught up in everything that you could be doing better. To this day, I still catch myself looking at my to-do list and thinking that I could be doing more – more reading, more studying, more phone calls, more meetings. There may be days where you feel defeated – maybe your grade didn’t come out how you anticipated, or you feel down because you missed Mother’s Day at home this year. You are more than your grades and what you have listed on your résumé. When you find yourself thinking less about what you have to offer and more about where you fall short, remember that even beyond your family, there was a group of strangers in a board room that looked you in the eye and saw your true worth… your dedication, drive, perseverance, compassion, and desire to give back.
As you go forward into this year, I hope that you find success in all of your endeavors, but more than that, I hope you remember how much your Terry family cares for you… alumni included. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about anything at all or even if you just feel like saying hey!