I was caught off guard when asked if I wanted to help transform what had been a college group project into what would become With Purpose: College Station (WPCS). I think part of me expected that the project would conclude, as most do, at the end of the semester. I sure am glad that it did not.

Our first, “official” semester was that next fall of 2015 and the rest is history. We continue to grow in size and in our capacity to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.

What I will miss most about WPCS is being a part of our membership, all of whom, past and present, I consider to be my friends. Naturally, I will miss the atmosphere of organizational and leadership meetings, marquee event days, and socials.

However, I will really miss teaming up and meeting with everyone in smaller group settings. I really felt that, at these times, we were tangibly achieving our vision statement and that I really got to know everyone in WPCS a lot better.

This includes pairing up to speak at other organization’s meetings or to meet with prospective business sponsors. It also includes Impact Committee and separate leadership meetings with each position to discuss specifics, such as budget, recruitment, upcoming game plans, etc.

And, actually, it also includes the countless hours spent on-campus banner holding and passing out the seemingly endless pile of paper flyers alongside others to advertise our marquee events.

These efforts were not always easy or convenient, but they ultimately produced successful fundraising and awareness events like Dunk It With Purpose and our drive to M.D. Anderson Hospital.

Further, through tackling these with other WPCS members, I quickly came to realize that I was surrounded by really quality people characterized by their commitment to selfless service and, in particular, our cause. It made me feel so lucky and thankful to be a part of WPCS.

As I look ahead, I cannot help but be excited for the future. WPCS is still young and there is opportunity for growth. We have an ambitious and proactive new leadership team in place and many exceptional returning members.

It is difficult to capture my entire experience in WPCS as well as my optimism for our group going forward. However, the words of WPCS’s inspiration, Sam Lee, do come to mind:

“I am happy."

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