Madi Crites, Former Vice President of Membership, Quotes UCF

Life’s weird. One minute you’re getting stickers for spelling your name right, the next you’re worried about getting a date to the prom and before you know it, you’re supposed to choose a college and a major, which will ultimately dictate the rest of your adult life.

No pressure.

My entire life I felt like I was really good at a lot of things, but I was never great at any one specific thing – I was a “Jack of all trades, master of none”, if you will. This left me feeling like I lacked purpose, like no matter what I did, there was someone else who could do it better because that was their thing. I didn’t have a thing.

I spent two years at a junior college to get my AA degree. Graduating as an “undeclared” major, I felt even more defeated, as my purpose was nowhere in sight. The size of UCF – and the culture shock I felt – didn’t help much either. Everyone seemed so driven, so focused and so purposeful in their actions. I came away from orientation overwhelmed by information and opportunities, but one major had caught my ear: Communications.

I knew I was a strong communicator, and I had no other fathomable headings as far as a major went, so I thought, why not? After diving into the intro classes, I had the Ad-PR fever. I was beginning to feel a sense of belonging, realizing that all of the people in my lectures were just as clueless as me if not more so. Soon everything in the lectures just clicked. I understood and had applied to my personal life most of the things we were learning.

Through countless lectures by the outstanding Professor Hudock and Professor McCain (that honestly felt more like pep rallies and TED Talks) it became clear to me that you can’t simply be one-dimensional. What a limited way to live! To succeed in this field, you must to be capable of juggling skill sets, be able to connect with different groups, demographics, classes and people in one-on-one settings, and most of all, do so in a timely fashion. I have never felt prouder to be a “Jack.”

I have no idea if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I do know that this is an awesome beginning. This degree will open doors for me, and even if I end up taking a different route, the connections I’m making and the things I’m learning are helping me to become the person I want to become.

Your (slightly) bewildered Knight.

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