Remarks made by Mya Price ’13 at Honors Convocation 2013
May 7, 2013 By Mya Price ’13
As a tour guide for the past three years, I proudly walk around with prospective students and their parents, pointing out and describing the things I’m most proud of at Centre. Before giving a tour, I always introduce myself and tell parents and prospective students where I come from and where I’m going. When parents ask me how my years at Centre have been, I respond by saying, “Some of the best years of my life!”
Hi! Are you my tour group today? Welcome and thank you for coming to Centre College. My name is Mya Price and I will be your tour guide this evening. Before we begin our tour, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
The first stop on our tour is Lexington, Ky. I have always been described as unique, with a lot of goals. In elementary school, I was the tallest person in my class. On picture day, I was the last one in line and in the classroom photo I was always placed in the back row. This made me aspire to always be first in line and in the front row. In middle school, I was shy and afraid to speak in class. This made me aspire to be more outgoing and strive to become the person that would raise her hand in class. In high school, I joined the color guard and eventually became the drum major —talk about being on the front row. And as for speaking in class, I spoke on behalf of my high school senior class at graduation, and now I stand here before you tonight. I set a goal and took one step each day to make it happen.
The second stop on our tour is Granville, Ohio. Although my college journey did not begin at Centre College, I immediately felt welcomed and a part of the Centre community. Through your kindness and acceptance, I not only found my niche on campus but I also found myself.
I was determined not to attend college in Kentucky, so I decided to go three hours away—far enough from home but not too far. I’ve always had somewhat of an adventurous side and I knew I wanted to travel, so I figured, what could be more adventurous than Ohio? There, I was involved in numerous activities, met some wonderful people and enjoyed my classes. Two of my favorite classes were African and Burmese dance. I had two jobs there and became rightfully titled the “Best Pizza Bagel Maker” on campus. Everyone laughed at the amount of effort I put into making their pizza bagels, but I loved it. I also decided to become a tour guide, because I love talking, as some of you know, and interacting with people. It was my favorite job and, in that role, I was able to meet and interact with prospective students from all over the world, which in some odd way satisfied my need to travel.
The entire year, I felt there was something missing. I didn’t know what it was until the summer after my first year. It was Kentucky hospitality that I missed. I knew I could not call Ohio my home for the next three years. That summer, I visited Centre again with my mom, and in early August, I decided Centre College would become my new home. I knew Centre would not only become my new home, but I would also be able to start fresh with another opportunity to meet new people, take more interesting courses and become involved on campus. I walked past the past and into the future.
Next stop, Danville, Ky. From the first day I arrived at Centre, I knew I found my home. I did not know what to expect, so I expected great things and hoped for the best. I recall the friendliness and warmth of both the familiar and soon to be familiar faces. I remember standing in my room and reflecting on my life and the detour I had taken. I knew I had taken the right road. I felt like a first year student again. I was eager, scared, nervous and excited.
That first day at Centre my sophomore year, my mom sent me a “Happy First Day!” text message. She often sends “Happy [whatever]” messages—it really doesn’t matter if there is an occasion or not. I think the messages mean to be happy no matter what day it is. I was ready and I was happy. Just like the other first year students, I wore my lanyard with my ID attached around my neck for the first couple of weeks, I carried my schedule in my left hand and my planner in my right hand, and prearranged meeting areas with friends, so I would not have that awkward moment in Cowan when looking for someone. And just like first-year students, I went to the wrong classes, thought Newlin Hall and the Norton Center were two different academic buildings, was the only sophomore in my Humanities class, and was a rookie at the Expo Fair and signed up for twenty different activities.
And there were intersections. My first year at Centre, I learned how to write again, figured out different studying techniques and learned to ask for help. The Writing Center became a beneficial place. I now want to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the students at the Writing Center who helped me. It was my pleasure to spend a few times per week with you. After I learned to write, study and ask for help, I needed a great study spot. The Dabney Room of the library became my second home and my friends knew where to find me. Whenever I appeared to be invisible, I was in the Dabney Room.
And, of course, I can’t talk about my intersections without mentioning my professors. I formed close relationships with several of you—you know who you are. Some were by choice and some were by necessity. Thanks to easy accessibility, dinners at your homes and uplifting conversations after class or during office hours, we have gotten to know each other. You have served not only as my professors, but as some of my supporters—my mom being my biggest. I attribute my work ethic, organizational skills and ability to work hard to you and the enormous amount of work you gave me over the years. Thank you for the challenging courses (I can’t believe I just said that) and inspiration you’ve provided me.
Now, let’s cross the street into my social life. Remember to look both ways before crossing. My experience here at Centre was not all work and no play. I really enjoyed myself socially. After I realized I would not be able to join twenty activities on campus, I decided to join and participate in the activities that were interesting, new and different to me. I really love to dance, so I enrolled in a dance class. I was hoping to use my African and Burmese moves, but instead I dressed up as a zombie and performed Thriller on Halloween. I know there are questions, but please hold them until the end of the tour. I also love performing. My performances included but were not limited to Air Guitar, Greek Sing, a fashion show and dancing the night away at SunDance.
In addition to performances, I enjoyed the simple things that make it so special here, such as ice-cold smoothies at the Grill. I like the idea of mixing different flavors together, not knowing how the final product will taste. I discovered my love for coffee—especially a hot pumpkin spice latte on a fall day—the omelets at Cowan, grabbing a chocolate-chip ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins, late-night Speedway study breakers, “Cowan sitting,” learning not to spend my flex dollars in the first couple of weeks of the semester, going to the Hub on a sunny Saturday morning, Goodwill runs to purchase my new favorite things, going to the gym once per semester, giving tours around campus on a golf cart for Homecoming weekend, doing homework on the lawn in front of the Campus Center, and watching the sun set behind Old Centre. Tomorrow may be my last no-bake Wednesday at Cowan, and I’ve been to my last Carnival and SAC concert, but I will always cherish these memories.
So, I bring you to the end of our tour. I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know the wonderful people that make up the Centre community. The people here—that would be you—are goal-oriented, friendly, creative, passionate and inspiring. I’m glad I’ve been a part of it. Each of us is special in our own way. Not everyone changes their hairstyles as often as I do, wears bright colored pants or wears big earrings, but one thing we do have in common is we’ve traveled different paths and ended up here at Centre. We have all been given great opportunities here and are dedicated to becoming the best person we can be. I know that some of you will someday change the world. I have made friendships that will last far beyond my college years—students, faculty and staff included. Each of you has contributed your own personal experiences to the unity of this campus and that is one reason Centre thrives. Centre College has given us the tools to create our own paths. I am inspired by each of you.
While this may be the end of our tour tonight, it’s not the end of our journey. Centre College is not my or your final destination, but only one destination of many. Here at Centre, we have all taken our own tour and different paths to get where we want to be. While our tours didn’t begin at the same place or take the same paths, our tours will end at the same destination on May 19, 2013. Class of 2013, thank you for nominating me and giving me the opportunity to speak to you tonight. Words cannot describe how honored I am to represent the senior class. We have inspired, motivated and empowered each other. Thank you for making me a part of your tour.
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