As the Class of 2016 “The Fam” prepares to walk across the stage, I want to take some time to do a couple of things. First, I want to wish them all the best as they start the next chapter of their lives. For some of them this is graduate school, for others it is full time jobs at so many different locations. I have no doubt that you are all as prepared to begin this chapter as anyone else walking across the stage on Saturday. You will go on to do some very amazing things and I know you will make whatever organization you join a better one.
Second, I would like to take some time to thank you all. From freshmen year on you have served as Bigs, mentors, and great resources that I could reach out to for help in classes, choosing sections of classes, and advice for how to not only survive, but also thrive in this honors program. I have had the excellent opportunity to not only get to know all of you, but also work with many of you within many different honors sections. This, most recently and most notably, was the Senior Experience and Capstone course in the Miller College of Business Honors Program. Thank you all so much for not only letting Alex and myself join this section, but also welcoming us. I really felt like “Adopted Fam” and not just an “Unpredictable” with the “The Fam.” I had so much fun with all of you at Disney World in January.
Finally, I want to take some time to encourage you to continue doing everything you are doing now. You were all admitted and completed this highly demanding and rather competitive program. You have been doing things that many other students do not even think about doing. To name just a few running for SGA, attending conferences, taking Summer Internships, accepting full time jobs six months to a year in advance, and preparing to move to such places as Iowa and Maryland. You all entered Ball State already successful, and are leaving even more so. I anticipate you all making a very big impact on everyone around you. I do not want to say Goodbye only Good Luck, because I hope to stay in touch with all of you. Enjoy your successes from the past 4-years and prepare to have many more of them. As successful entrepreneur Steve Blank said, “You get to make your own luck. 80% of success in your career will come from just showing up. The world is run by those who show up… not those who wait to be asked.”
All the bests,
Eli Parks Class of 2017