Glammin’ With Gabi: Welcome To The Final Show… Or is it?


Gabriella Ruiz’s graduation cap was inspired by Harry Styles./Photo Courtesy of Alyssa Hinojosa

Gabriella Ruiz, Sports Editor

It is crazy that this could be my last Glammin’ with Gabi column for Island Waves as I await commencement. As graduation day is around the corner, I can’t believe that I will be walking the stage Saturday morning. Graduating from college is a whole mix of emotions and I honestly feel sad and happy about it. 

While graduation may be looked at as the final show for me, I know I’m not done with my education and there is so much out there waiting for me to see and do. 

Taylor Swift said in her song  “New Year’s Day” “Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you.” With that being said, I will forever cherish the memories that I’ve made at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. It is crazy to know that four years ago I was a freshman in college and transitioning to being on my own. But hey I did it. 

I’ve experienced many things while growing up in Corpus Christi for these past few years and I’ve even found myself. They always say that college is a time in your life when you not only experience new things but you grow and change. I’ve changed in a good way by being more aware of who I am, enjoying the simple things in life that I love and making many friends in the process.  

During my career, I first started as an intern covering news in my hometown. When I was a freshman in college I was first hired as an Island Waves reporter and worked my way up so they could see the potential that I have. I’ve done exactly that and became the sports editor for Island Waves. With this student news organization, I was able to attend two Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conventions and for my last one, I won second place in the Public Relations press release writing. I’ve been lucky to receive the Outstanding Student Journalism award two years in a row for the SAMC’s and I couldn’t be more happy.

I’ve also gained experience from working with Marketing and Communications at the university and it is considered my first in-office job where I had a cubicle area to decorate. In the end, I’m so thankful to be an Islander, and TAMU-CC has given me so many opportunities in my life that I will look back on for years. I would like to thank everyone who has been there every step of the same with me and believed in me.