A measure of a life is its service

Megan Konarik was inducted this spring as a charter member of the SHSU Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success. Megan Konarik was inducted this spring as a charter member of the SHSU Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success. MEGAN KONARIK Senior Forensic Chemistry major, Sam Houston State University

William Danforth once said that we should "aspire nobly, adventure daringly, and serve humbly." To many, living life means giving it your all and finding out what we are meant to do to better the world. The degree in forensic chemistry that I am pursuing is valuable, perhaps more than I had ever imagined and I'll be the first to admit it hasn't been easy. I have had ups and downs, but when I walk across that stage at graduation in a few semesters, I know that all the hard work and dedication will have been worth it.

On April 30, I had the honor of being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, also known as Sigma Alpha Pi, as a charter member. This, as mentioned in its name, is a national society that requires a 3.0 or greater GPA and recommendations from two professors.

This organization prides itself on helping college students realize that their ultimate dreams and goals can become a reality. Many people do not go after their dreams because they feel incapable of doing so. In actuality, one can achieve their dreams with the right combination of support and dedication, which is offered through Sigma Alpha Pi.

To be inducted, a pending member must attend a number of speaker series and leadership events. The speaker series presenters carry with them an inspirational tone, helping us students, who have yet to make our mark on the world, gain strength and momentum to achieve our goals.

They share bits of their lives, how they have obtained success, and words of advice for us to live.

The Success Networking Teams (SNTs) give members a chance to talk about their goals, whether they are long term or short term. One goal that I can give credit to the SNT portion of this society is my decision to go to graduate school when I earn my bachelor's degree in the coming years. Additionally, the Leadership Training Day and introductory meeting gave the finishing touches on how we should view our future.

Through a series of group exercises, we were able to put our strengths, weaknesses, talents, and knowledge into perspective. We were able to identif y what was holding us back from making plans to make certain our dreams. For me, I realized that I doubted myself. But after listening to the inspirational words of Les Brown, and realizing what he went though to overcome his adversity, I realize that I can too. Nothing was holding me back, except for me.

As I reflect upon the distance that I have traveled in the past three years, I see my future in a new light that shines brighter than ever. I will keep going with my education until I find that my knowledge will help me find my place in life, whether that's working in a crime lab analyzing DNA samples or identifying those who have gone before us in an untimely death as a Forensic Anthropologist.

To mark the beginning of my senior year in the fall, I recently received my Official Sam Houston State University Ring from the Alumni Association. Inside the ring, the word HONOR is inscribed. When Sam Houston joined the U.S. Army in 1813, his mother understood his noble and brave decision.

As she handed him a musket, she said, "never disgrace it: for remember I had rather all my sons should fill one honorable grave, than one of them should turn his back to save his life. While the door to my cottage is open to brave men, it is eternally shut against cowards."

She then placed a ring on his finger, with the word HONOR written on it so that he would never forget, as we will never forget what the University has taught us about life. It is a great honor to wear the ring and forever remember all of the memories that go with it. None of them will ever be forgotten.

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