An Open Letter to the 2018 Cohort

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Dear 2018 Cohort,

As this semester draws to a close, I want to share my love for all seven of you. You all are genuinely some of the most honest, creative, hardworking, and passionate people Elon has to offer and I’ve loved spending (at least) 15 hours a week with you this semester. I know this semester has had its fair share of ups and downs, but we’ve managed to persevere and in most cases, even thrive and for that, I’m truly grateful.

Thanks to Charlie, for reminding us to have fun and for always finding the time to do so.

Thanks to Mikey, for showing us how to consider others before ourselves and for challenging us to do so more often.

Thanks to Claire, for being a ray of positivity every morning in the studio and for helping us look at things from new perspectives.

Thanks to Katherine, for her never-ending go get ‘em mentality and for embracing new things with open arms.

Thanks to Leah, for constantly reminding us to trust the process and for holding us accountable.

Thanks to Elena, for starting an empathy wave in the community and for embodying a human-centered mindset.

Thanks for Sabrina, for being flexible and for helping us readjust when things didn’t go so well.

Of course, thanks to all of you for always hearing me out, for constantly teaching me about friendship, and for daily reminders to trust the process. I’ve loved getting the opportunity to listen to your ideas, your passions, and your experiences. Although we’re only beginning to see the effects of our work in the community, I want you all to recognize the effects you’ve had on me. You all are some of the most inspiring, selfless, and driven people I know and the cohort would not have been the same without each and every one of you.

I wholeheartedly believe the 2018 cohort is and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. I thank my lucky stars all seven of you are part of my story and I can’t wait to see where you busy-bees end up…I can only hope we find our way back to the hive from time to time. But until then…long live the 2018 cohort.

Written by: Laurel Wind