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20 Dec 2017

My Bittersweet Farewell to Purple Community

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Some people say that your first job won’t be your “dream job” but working as a Purple Community Event Coordinator truly has been a dream come true. I knew that this bittersweet day would come, but there was very little I could do to prepare myself emotionally.

January 2, 2018 will be my final day as a Purple Community Event Coordinator at Van Andel Institute.

My very first glimpse of Van Andel Institute was my sophomore year of college when I was invited to be a part of the Purple Community Creative Marketing Challenge. Fast forward to my senior year of college, the internship hunt was on, and the Purple Community Internship was at the TOP of my list. I was one of many to interview, so when they offered me the position I knew I had to say YES.

Upon the completion of my first semester, I had brought forth a few new partnerships and felt confident in what I had accomplished during that time. I was flattered when my supervisor asked if I would be interested in staying another semester—of course my answer was YES.

At the end of my internship, I was presented with an opportunity to stay on staff fulltime—again my answer was simply, YES. During my time at VAI, I have learned how to say YES and jump, even when things seem foreign and even a little scary. I have been challenged in this position, met some incredible community members, worked alongside a talented team, and made memories that I will cherish forever.


I am excited to enter into this new season of life as I continue my career with Ugly Mug Marketing in Alexandria, Louisiana. It’s foreign and a little scary, but this is another moment when I get to say, YES.

I cannot even begin to express my sincere gratitude for the ways you have let me be a part of your lives. I have an abundance of sweet memories with so many of you—from running the Chicago Marathon with Chelsea Westra, Hillary Mueller, and Rachel Jager to starting the first Aquinas College Hockey Fights Cancer Game, and all of the other incredible moments in between.

All things I was able to say YES to, thanks to an incredible team at Van Andel Institute.

I won’t be gone forever, so this is not goodbye, it’s see you later. 🙂