Champions of Wayne Blog
Much like fellow Spartan and Champions of Wayne Blogger Sharon Carpenter, Arion Logan is a 2016 graduate of Wayne Memorial who has overcome significant obstacles to get where she is. Her persistence in pursuing the Spartan Advantage Scholarship, which is awarded to economically disadvantaged students, has resulted in a full scholarship and a previously unforeseen array of opportunities. This is her story in her words.
By Arion Logan
The day I’ve anxiously awaited is finally here, my first day as a student at Michigan State University. As I sit alone in the cafeteria while typing this, I realize this is not high school anymore, it’s a whole new ball game. What’s so different? I am no longer the outgoing and “popular” girl that I once was known as in high school, I mean I’m eating lunch alone. I’ve never been nervous for my first day of classes before, but on a campus with over 50,000 students, how could I not be?
What is there to be nervous about? How will I make my college years worth it, I have many plans for the next four years, and my biggest fear is not accomplishing them. The end of my high school career was full of regret, I didn’t participate as much as I’d wanted and I hadn’t left my mark on the school that I had envisioned. I refuse to let college leave me with any regret.
Other than not accomplishing all my goals, my biggest fear is the freedom and unknowingness that come along with going away for school. I have no idea what this year will have in store for me at Michigan State, but I can only hope that Wayne Memorial, my parents, and my mentor Sean Galvin have prepared me to take on the huge university with confidence, caution, and passion.
Here I sit, in a cafeteria of many full of some of the best and brightest students throughout the U.S. and beyond, I realize that I have made it, although Michigan State is not my destination, just a pathway to something far greater, I have made it. Being a first generation, low income student, this dream was something far out of my reach but with the help of many I have made it my reality, and I refuse to mess up this opportunity, I will be as successful as my fullest potential allows me, because #spartanswill.