ST. BONAVENTURE (May 10) – Andrea Michnik is an honors Bonaventure journalism and mass communication major with a minor in marketing alumna. January 2006, the last semester of her senior year:
I looked at the sealed white envelope in my shaking hands. I’d been guessing what word would be printed on the index card inside for an entire year now, and felt no need to open it. I knew what the word was. After seven other semesters of professor Denny Wilkins handing me words, I had to know by now.
But even so, I wanted to open it.
So after a few minutes of staring at the last sealed envelope I’d ever receive from Wilkins, I opened it.
I pulled out the index card and the word “pride” – the word I’d guessed -- stared at me in bold letters. Everything led up to pride. No matter what words I’d received before, I was always meant to move onwards and upwards with pride.
I wiped away my tears and taped “pride” to my desk. Time to live with the word and see what happens.