This archived article was written by: Trevor Tadd Mecham
Editor’s note: at the end of every academic year, it is the tradition that The Eagle staffers write their last will and testament about their experience at USU Eastern. Tadd Mecham and Jessa Love Adams’ are completing their last semester.
This school, in my mind, will always be remembered as CEU. Not as any of the other names after the merger, just CEU.
This school holds a lot of memories for me. Some of them really good, some of them really bad, but all of them helped shape me as a person. As weird as it is to say, I wouldn’t be who I am today without CEU.
I’ll keep the gripes to a minimum, but was disappointed in the financial aid department and dance in culture class.
On the positive side, I had the privilege to be taught by some of the most amazing faculty I will ever come across. I’d like to thank them for making me love school again. Larry Severeid, for being a total hard-a** and making me learn and work for a grade that I want, all the while being one of the funniest people I’ve ever come across. Jennifer Truschka, for giving some of the best lectures I’ve ever sat through and just being an all-around cool person. Melanie Nelson, I owe her everything that I’ve learned in math. When I came to CEU, I had never even looked at an algebra problem. She is incredible, and just a sweet woman. Susan Polster, for being my CEU mom for the last three semesters, and for always dressing and looking amazing. Pam Cha, she’s just such an awesome teacher and is always willing to work with me even if missing deadlines was my fault. And, of course, Jason Olsen, for making me feel like maybe I can write and take myself places with it. I’m just sad the first class I took from him was during my last semester.
I have been blessed with the friendships I have made here. Some of them have been crazy people, but most have been amazing. Mae Goss, even though we outgrew each other under strange circumstances, I will remember how helpful she was to me when I needed someone the most. Kristen Zarucchi, is one of the sweetest girls I have ever met and glad she found happiness. Sterling Anderson, things started in a weird way, then ended on an awful note. Scotty Zaborski, probably the funniest and most vocal person I have ever met, and also an incredible actor. Ciara Allen, she has become one of my best friends, someone I can tell anything to, and one of the weirdest people I’ve ever met. I’m really glad she came here, I love her. Grace Wilson, she’s so genuine and so open-minded about everyone and everything, I’m so glad we became friends. She’s going to make someone lucky one day and I’ll cry my eyes out at her wedding. Lisha Lynn Michel, she is Vogue, she is Glamour. Michel is gorgeous and talented and can never fail to make me laugh. I feel like I’ve known her forever. Lil Kalekale and Sel Maatemate, these two are incredible and “annoying!” and “hella ghetto!” They are the nicest and most beautiful girls on campus, and always have something ready for me to eat if I’m hungry, even if it’s 3 a.m.; Cauldron of Alfredo and gallons of punch anyone? Val Moncada, for being a true G. Who else could walk down the street in a pink tracksuit holding the leashes of 15 Chihuahuas and still look like she stepped out of a salon. Only Moncada and Daylan Jones make me giggle about guys on campus or Facebook photos, the cricket in the light fixture and the pink cheetah. And who could forget Cher herself? Miss Jessa Love Adams, from the moment we laid eyes on each other I knew we were in love! Not sexual boyfriend/girlfriend love, but a type of Fried Green Tomatoes Iggy and Ruth kind of love. Adams and I were friends in another lifetime. I can’t wait for her and Brett Call to tie the knot. If you feel like I’ve missed you and are feeling bad I didn’t put you in, suck it up. You know I love you.
This place was worth it solely for the faculty and the friendships I formed here. There are memories I will never forget that come straight from this awful little town on this awful little campus. Thank you CEU.