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Senior VP discuses the importance of engaging in the campus community and affecting change

These last few weeks I have been doing a lot of reminiscing about the last four years of my life…all spent here at Mills.

I thought about my freshman year, and about how much I absolutely hated it! There were some fun times along the way, but I had myself convinced that I didn’t like it here. The truth was that I never really gave Mills a chance.

I didn’t start enjoying myself until my sophomore year….and I really started having a good time my junior and senior years. I would say that it was all about getting involved. Instead of being a hermit, I decided to get out and do something, and with that came the fun and the friendships.

I would encourage everyone who will be returning to Mills to step up to the plate and get involved in things like class council, the student government, or even clubs like the Mills Players. It makes your time here more worthwhile, not only because you get to have a voice in what goes on around campus, but because I can now tell you that it was these things that have given me the best memories and friends a girl could ask for.

Last night I was sitting in my dorm room, and the memories of Mills came rushing back. I almost started crying, as I finally realized that I only have three more weeks left in this beautiful space and now I will be forced to go out into the big, bad world and figure things out on my own! (I guess I’m going to have to take some cooking classes, because although Founders wasn’t the best, I’m convinced that if I don’t I’ll be eating burritos and Top Ramen for the rest of my life!)

If Mills taught me one thing, it is this: Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain. I was waiting for the storm of college life to pass when I was a freshman, but along the way my classmates, the Senior Class Council, and my fellow Mills sisters taught me some pretty cool dance moves. Congratulations Class of 2009…we did it!

– Amanda Page,
Senior Class Co-Vice President