Due to this being my first post, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself before I delve into the topic of this post. My name is Madi Kase and I’m currently a junior at Albion College. I’m originally from Boise, Idaho, but for the past three years I’ve called Michigan home. I am a Public Policy and Religious studies double major, with a concentration in Leadership and Service in Public Policy, and Honors. I’m involved in Student Senate, the Admission office, the Food Hub in the city of Albion, and I’m the President of my sorority, Delta Gamma.
Sometimes I even set aside time in my day to breathe.
The thing that really keeps me going, makes my day brighter, and gives me hope, is my love affair. I don’t mean to be cheesy, but I genuinely believe I’m the luckiest girl on campus. My love affair is all consuming, raw, silly, and never ceases to challenge me to see the world around me in new, creative ways. I really feel like I can be open, and I’m constantly pushed to be the best version of myself. As Carrie Bradshaw said, “I’m looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-eachother love.”, and you know what? I HAVE THAT!
I’m usually pretty modest about my personal life, but this is the type of love that I can’t keep quiet. I want to yell from the mountain tops (the ones I grew up with in Idaho) and since it’s Valentine’s Day, I have no shame in doing so!
I really feel like I can open up to you now, so I’m going to tell you the identity of my love. Here goes nothing- I’m in a crazy, stupid, love affair…with my college.
Isn’t that great?
They say that you’re likely to find the love of your life during your time in college, and the love I found just so happens to be the college itself. I’ve never felt more loved, appreciated, or happy until I came to Albion. The community around me pushes me to be the best “me” I can be. Whether Albion does that by opening me up to new ways of thinking and others around the world, saying “yes you can!” when I’m troubled with fear and doubt, or allowing me to laugh and be silly, in my most raw form, Albion always does it, and it does it well.
The people here are my family and truly care about my well-being, and would never let me feel alone. They give me hope, and the most liberating type of happiness.
Some may think I’m crazy for being as busy as I am, but I couldn’t disagree more. I’m passionate about everything I’m involved in here, and wouldn’t change it for the world. I think that when you’re in love, you take all that your love has to offer. I’ve done that at Albion, and continue to every day.
Albion cares and changes people for the better. I will never have a love like the one I have for Albion; it’s a love affair I’ll never forget, and will always have the desire to share with others.
I love Albion and Albion loves me back.
My heart is full here.