I had the unique opportunity to attend my first American College Health Association meeting just as I was beginning a new role as the inaugural health educator at my prior institution. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity as a new college health professional. I headed to Chicago with a team of colleagues and was so impressed by the community that I found. I remember sitting at the opening session watching association officers, and wondering if I would ever have a role like theirs. Who could have imagined that, 25 years later, I would be president of the association, looking forward to celebrating our 100 th birthday back in the city where it all began for me? Unfortunately, COVID-19 changed our plans and we did not have an annual meeting last year, but that did not lessen the amazing opportunity I had to serve our field.
Little did I know when I started that I would gain so much from being a member of this national association. As I prepare to end my term as immediate past-president, I have spent some time reflecting on the lessons learned (or relearned).