About two years ago, I remember exactly where I was. I was 23, teaching middle school, and still trying to figure out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be. Making the leap to join 2U was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I remember the conversation I had with my mother about the opportunity. I was hesitant. Apprehensive. Nervous. She said “You’ll always have a home here. Just go.” So, I packed my car with just my clothes, laptop and guitar, and moved to Maryland.

Fast forward about a year and a half later, I’m in a weekly team meeting and an impromptu vote for Admissions Counselor of the year happens and I hear my name as the votes are casted. It is an incredibly humbling feeling to be nominated by your peers and I couldn’t feel more honored and excited. At 2U, I get to work with amazing people every day.

On the Thursday of the company meeting, I was tense all day. As it got closer and closer to the announcement of the best admissions counselor, I could barely think, let alone speak. 4:30 rolls around and it happened so fast. Gabriel announces the winner. It was at that moment I felt a rush of so many feelings and emotions. It wasn’t because I won (even though that was amazing), it was because I realized that the team that got me to this point is part of a bigger team. An incredible team.

2U is my team.

As I spoke in front of the entire company (terrifying), all I could think about was how hard each and every person has worked and how much help I’ve gotten along the way. I’m so grateful for the kindness and willingness of the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and truly value the words of encouragement I’ve gotten along the way.

Receiving this award is the culmination of the hard work that I’ve put in this past year, but it’s more than that. It is an award that recognizes all the work that we do every single day to support our team, 2U.

Reflecting back to the company meeting, we talked about how far we have come and where we are headed. I don’t know what that will look like, but all I can say is that I’m ready for this ride on the rocket ship and I couldn’t be luckier to share this seat with our team.