Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Belles Dedication

As many of you know, after high school, I went straight to Tyler Junior College to continue my dancing career as an Apache Belle. Since my graduation from there, I have remained very fond of my time invested there. My memories as a Belle are irreplaceable, and those 2 years will always have a special place in my heart.

When I attended TJC, dorm life was optional for Belles. While many incoming freshmen stayed, most sophomores got apartments. While adequate, the dorms were definitely nothing to write home about. In fact, I found myself escaping to Rowlett at every chance I had to get away from the dorms.

The campus recently built a new residential complex. With this complex came the now mandatory dorm life for Belles. Both freshmen and sophomores are now required to live on campus in this dorm while a member of the Belles organization. With this mandation came a very rare opportunity for Belle Gold - a chance to sponsor a room, a lounge or the entire dorm floor that is dedicated to the current members.

When I first heard of the opportunity last fall, I thought to myself, "That would be neat to do." It wasn't until this spring that I realized how doable something like this would be, and that I would regret it tremendously if I didn't become a part of this. This summer, I went for it. I sponsored a dorm room for the Belles.

Because of the sponsorship, I was able to be a part of a historic weekend in Belle history. I was there to witness the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies of the new complex and the Belle floor. I met the 2 young ladies that will reside in my room for this year. Most importantly, though, I was able to be a part of Apache Belle history. All of the young ladies to come will have something special - a place to call their own. I'm so envious that I did not have this opportunity as a Belle, but I was so elated to be able to give this opportunity to someone else.

The complex is absolutely beautiful, and I am so happy for the organization and the school that they now have this wonderful resource at their fingertips.