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This is my farewell column.

I will be graduating with my Master of Public Administration on Friday, May 9.

This column has given me a place to comment on a variety of topics, mostly political. My most personally meaningful columns have been my most personal though.

I have been able to tell stories from my 43 years on this planet that have transformed me and made me the person I am today.

It has been cathartic, revelatory, sad, happy and oh-so-sweet.

As someone who has had a decades-long, somewhat checkered experience with the University, I can tell you only one thing about our University: it truly is a great one.

The University is made of dedicated professionals in every area, most of whom are underpaid, who truly care about this special place.

I have been extremely lucky to receive a phenomenal education first at the Firelands campus and then my graduate education at the main campus.

I am proud of the work I have done, the wonderful people I have met and the knowledge I have gained.

I am so truly grateful for all of it.

In the spring semester of 2012, while sitting in a political science class I was approached by Matt Davoli, my classmate and a columnist, about writing a weekly column.

I thought about it and said yes.

I have been here in this space in the paper almost every week since.

I owe Matt for that opportunity but I also must thank others too. The three Forum editors since I started have been fantastic.

Hats off to the three editors who have been there for me.

These three professionals have been nothing if not a terrific support to me and my writing. Hats off also to you, my readers.

I have no idea how many of you there are, but I sure hope you have enjoyed my columns.

I also want to thank the most important person in my life. She has been my rock since the day I met her. She has been my proofreader, my inspiration, and above all else, my dream come true. She pushes me when I need it, and that is often.

She supports me always and uplifts me when I get down on myself. She is more than I deserve.

Thank you Rachel Laursen-McKenzie. I could have never asked for a better wife than you.

You have helped me in writing my columns, helped me to improve on my procrastinating and above all else loved me despite my numerous faults. She is all I could ask for and more than I deserve.

Lastly, as I say farewell to this column and to the University, I have nothing but love for my alma mater.

Soon I will have my second degree from the University.

I am humbled, proud and overwhelmed.

Thank you all.

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