Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy
The first time I heard of women making waves, was from one of my and my sister’s best friend, Lydia. She worked for the camp all summer long and she was so excited to tell us they were making it a yearlong thing. I had no idea what it was at the time, I just remember being surprised by how many people I knew in the group and that so many of them came from different schools. It wasn’t long before my sister went in for her interview to become a member, and what felt like two minutes later, she was a leading member of women making waves. Pretty soon, stand up foundation began to get major recognition in the community and Adrianna started to tell me more and more about what it was about. It sounded like a great way to get some community service hours, but boy did I not know what I was in for!
On the first day of training, the summer after sophomore year, I walked in with my best friend Elaina. Although my sister was a big part of the organization, it was a little overwhelming and I felt I needed someone to be by my side. I had met Ashley a few times before and was always so surprised by how nice she was. More than anything, I just remember thinking how much I wanted her to like me. Of course she and elaina hit it off right away, well , because it's elaina…. but I really wanted that relationship with Ashley. Throughout training, I began to grow closer with everyone including Ashley. I couldn't believe how close I was becoming with all the members through activities and sharing life stories. The organization slowly began to change my life through every single minute I was in that little office.
I learned more in my 3 years of women making waves than I have in my whole life. Iimportant lessons, too. Sitting through five lectures in school compared to being at one crew night, because what you learn about in this organization will always mean more than calculus or economics. It's about how to care about people. And and how to make sure other people care about people. All I know to do now is spread love. And it has so much to do with Ashley's big heart and welcoming, warm attitude. I never knew how much a group of girls could change my life until I walked into the office 3 years ago. I'm forever thankful I went out of my comfort zone to make that decision. I truly believe that I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't.
This has been more than just an after school activity, more than a community service opportunity, more than just something to fill up my Sunday's, more than just WhatsApp taking up storage on my phone, and more than weekly check-ins zoom. I'll miss all of those aspects next year and I feel blessed to say I was a part of something this amazing. The work we do here effects more people than we will ever know, that's something I can promise. I'm going to miss everyone asking me all the time “what is women making waves?” “Is that like a feminist club?” Kinda….. but no. It's a club that cares… about each o and everyone around us. I never thought that at such a young age I would be able to say I changed someone's life, but I really think I am apart of something that did. Those young girls will never look at things the same way. We made an impact on them and that's something that doesn't disappear.
I'm so sad to have graduated and be leaving behind so many good things in my life. Graduating high school was exciting, but heartbreaking at the same time. I have to say goodbye to so many parts of my life including women making waves and all the girls I'm lucky enough to call my sisters. I have no doubt that this organization will only grow from here. The seniors leaving are all amazing and have carried a part of the team in their own way, but we are leaving it to some wonderfully qualified girls. I know you'll do huge, great things and each year will just get better. When you think something is too big, too much, you're doing it right. trust me, there is no such thing as too big for Ashley LeGrange! I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me be a part of something so special and something that is bigger than just us. I love each and every one of you and I know that we are all going to do amazing things! Thank you for everything and Good luck to all of you, but I know this won't be the last time we see each other!