Over the past five months, I have been working hard toward a goal that seemed out of reach. I have focused all of my energy on completing a successful campaign along with five other talented individuals at the Manship School of Mass Communication. I never thought the end would finally come to this amazing chapter of my life. The sun is setting on my collegiate career.
When looking back over the past few months, working with GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship has been a challenging yet fulfilling experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life. As the event director, I encountered both trials and successes of many kinds. From putting together a magnificent grand opening event to learning how to deal with difficult personalities, each moment stands out in its own way. Although 6+ Solutions encountered some bumps along the way, we were able to come together during difficult times and work as a team to find a solution.
Since my last post, 6+ Solutions has organized and executed the rest of the GaitWay dinner fundraisers and has also come together to evaluate our successes. Overall, the dinner fundraisers were beneficial in raising money, but more importantly increase community awareness in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. The last two dinners were held at California Pizza Kitchen and Mestizo. The implementation and execution varied with each restaurant. The dinner at California Pizza Kitchen required all diners to present a flyer in order to contribute a portion of their check to GaitWay. Furthermore, no other advertisements except for social media was allowed to attract customers to attend the event. Mestizo, on the other hand, was very flexible in their decision-making and allowed us to design our own flyers, display a poster at the event and promote the event through any means necessary. Even though we are still waiting to receive the final number of proceeds, 6+ Solutions is confident in the success of the restaurant crawl.
This service learning course has given me a tremendous amount of real world experience that I hope to apply in my future career. I would like to thank everyone at Gaitway and 6+ Solutions who worked so hard to make this campaign an overwhelming success. The ribbon has been cut, the funds have been raised, the graduation announcements have been mailed, and the cap and gown have been purchased. The time has finally come, and I am waiting with anxious excitement to open a new chapter of my life.