I have been a student for much of my life. I have often wondered if my attraction to being a student was a sign that I did not know what direction I wanted in life. Finishing college with a B.A. in History, I did not move immediately into a career. Instead, I took a job in a restaurant that gave me the flexibility to search for my next step in life. I explored a number of career options, including a life in politics, before responding to a call to further education. A chance lunch meeting with a former professor turned into an invitation to attend Clemson University and complete my M.A., also in History. Upon completion of my M.A. in History, considered continuing my education in a Ph.D. program, but when I was not accepted to my top choice program, I decided that I needed some “real-world” experience. I joined an academic publishing company where I excelled. Though I was not enrolled in an academic program, I continued to learn. I learned more about myself, about how to lead coworkers, how to manage projects, and how to thrive in the publishing world. In 2010, I heard again my call to education, though this time as a teacher, not a learner. I began teaching as an adjunct at the local college. As before, I discovered that teaching provided an opportunity for me to continue my own education. I learned how to effectively lead a class, I improved my public speaking and lesson planning skills, and found pleasure in motivating students in their personal quests for knowledge. As I approached my seventh year in publishing, I again responded to my sense of call to education, returning to a Masters program at Gonzaga. For the past three years, I have balanced my own education with my career requirements and have grown as a learner and as a teacher. So, as I leave this program, I do so knowing that I will not turn my back on education. My time at Gonzaga has been full of learning experiences, but I do not believe that these experiences are an end to themselves. Instead, at every turn, I have found my new knowledge to be a catalyst for further learning. As I learned more about servant leadership, or adaptive change, or diversity, I have responded by wanting to learn more, to experience higher and higher levels of leadership in my own life. I know that the technical completion of this part of my leadership journey will not signal an end to my personal growth. As I leave Gonzaga, I know that there are many aspects of my leadership journey that continue to need work. My time here has given me the theoretical knowledge I need to move into the next phase of my journey. I am now familiar with the concepts of servant and authentic leadership, two leadership approaches that I want to practice in my own life. I have started integrating these concepts into my own practice, but I still struggle to cast off my comfort with traditional, transactional leadership. I strive to be a servant leader, but I frequently slide back into my comfort zone. As I emerge from my phase of learning, I look forward to the increased practice of servant and authentic values. My Gonzaga experience also revealed parts of my life that are not congruent with the life I hope to live as a leader. I continue to struggle with the ideas and practice of embracing diversity. I welcome diverse people into my life and my leadership practice, but I do not always welcome diverse viewpoints. I struggle with forgiveness. I hear, clearly, the call to live a life of forgiveness. I try to practice the forgiveness that I desire from others, but I fall short. As I move out into the world, equipped by my experiences and my learning at Gonzaga, I know I will find asking for, receiving, and granting forgiveness challenging. However, I believe that forgiveness is an essential component of serving others and being an authentic leader. I know this requires continued growth. As I enter the next phase of my life, one without a structured educational environment, I know that education will never be far from my heart. Just as I needed space to explore my next steps before returning to Clemson and just as I needed experience in the “real-world” before returning to Gonzaga, I anticipate the next phase of my journey will include a great deal of practice. The Jesuit education requires the learner to take action and I am ready to do that. I have been uniquely equipped by my experience and my knowledge to go into the world and practice what I have learned. However, in practicing, I will keep learning. I will keep improving on the aspects of leadership that challenge me. And I know that my education is not complete just because I do not attend class regularly. I look forward to the new challenges I will face and am thankful for the opportunity and experience that will guide me into my next phase of learning.