Opinion

Public Relations student continues family tradition, cherishes new relationships

by Seth Hall

For many students, graduation is one of the most exciting experiences. For some, it can also be a sad moment. 

When I first decided to attend South Plains College, I didn’t really know what was in store for me. I was born and raised in Levelland, and much of my time was spent around South Plains, due to my father Russell Hall working at the college.

 As I grew up, I knew I wanted to someday follow in my family’s footsteps and attend South Plains College for the start of my higher education. Fast forward to 2018, and I am graduating from high school. I knew my next step was to make the six-hour drive from Dallas, Texas, all the way to Levelland. I was fortunate to be roomed with a long-time best friend of mine and we even lived in the newer dorms. I had the time of my life living in the dorms, and I would recommend to anyone to experience the life of living in the dorms. 

Throughout the two years I spent at SPC, one thing stayed constant. That was the love I had for every person who worked there. Every interaction with professors or staff was always so friendly, and I would credit much of my love for the college to them.

 There are a few professors who truly made my time at SPC memorable, and I would like to recognize their guidance. One of those is Professor Drew Landry, who was among the first of the professors I had the honor of taking their class. Through him, I was able to complete my government required classes, all while getting the perfect dose of dry sarcasm during the 8 a.m. class.

 While Math was never a subject I had ever been good at, Professor Alma Lopez truly was the reason I was able to get through it with a smile at the end. Alma has one of the most hilarious personalities I have ever had the privilege to learn from. I have never laughed as hard as I did in her class. 

Growing up around the college as a kid also meant meeting many of the professors I took during my time there as a student. Two, in particular, I had an amazing time learning from are Jesse Day and Janna Holt-Day. Knocking out speech and business computer applications with these two wonderful people was something I value highly, as they are some of the nicest people you can meet at South Plains College. Not only are they good family friends, but they offered me countless amounts of help during my time in their classes.

 As my time at SPC began to slowly crawl to an end, my degree had been established and my path was set. All that was left was for me to do was to follow the path and complete the required classes for my Public Relations major. On this path is where I had the privilege to learn under Billy Alonzo and Charles Ehrenfeld. These two men were the reason I decided to shift my major to Communications, and for that I will forever be grateful.

 During my last year at SPC, I took as many classes from Charlie as I could. He is responsible for shaping me into a better writer and communicator that I am today. Although my time with him and his classes was cut short due to Covid-19, I will still have countless memories of our good times we had in class, including our Thursday Baptist Student Ministry lunches. 

I have nothing but fond memories of my time at this college, and there are many more people that are to thank for that. I leave SPC knowing I am prepared for my next steps in my education, as well as the next steps in my life.

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