This has been brewing in my mind for a while now… I’ve worked at Lees-McRae College for almost 12 years and I think it’s time to bring up a very sensitive subject. Drum Roll: Relationships.
Generally speaking, human beings engage in a variety of different relationships. For example, Parent/child, siblings, best friends, human/God, student/professor, alumni/college. What has been on my mind has been the alumni/college relationship.
I consider myself rather blessed to have been educated in the beautiful place from which I grew up—from Head Start (kindergarten didn’t exist then!) at Riverside Elementary, to Avery County High School, to the bachelor’s degree I earned at Lees-McRae. I had student loans, I paid them off, and I have been working since I graduated. My education gave me the skills to do whatever I wanted to do career-wise in my life. In other words, I’m grateful to Lees-McRae for my education and for my parents who did so much in support of my dreams and goals. Surely I’m not the only local alum that feels this way.
As an alum, what is your relationship to Lees-McRae? Did you have a great time? Was a great time the only substance of your relationship with Lees-McRae? Did your experience at Lees-McRae lead to personal success? Are you proud to be an alum of Lees-McRae?
Relationship with a college melds into feelings of pride for an institution. Although I work hard for Lees-McRae, I donate monthly to the Lees-McRae Fund, I am a paying member of the Bobcat Club and I have developed many friendships because of my 26-year relationship with LMC. One of the ways I like to show my pride and loyalty to LMC is wearing an LMC sweatshirt or tee when I work out at the local YMCA. When I’m over there, I see many local Lees-McRae alumni with their App State or some other ACC or SEC apparel. Rarely do I see local LMC alumni wearing anything LMC.
I wonder why that is? Really! I wonder and would love to hear a viable explanation. My feeling is that it is something of a conundrum. But if you have any thoughts, I’d love to understand.
The other day after work, as I approached the parking area at the YMCA, I was pleasantly startled to see one of our new Bobcat mini-buses! Sure enough, when I entered the wellness center, the women’s lacrosse team was in there working out. Each one had on LMC apparel. What an incredible presence these student-athletes were, and I was filled with pride for my college. It was fabulous to experience, and I wondered if any of the local alumni had noticed? Thank you coaches and student-athletes for being a part of the greater community and for showing pride in your LMC experience.