Holy crap. I can’t even process this right now. I work as an academic peer advisor at my university, and one of the things I do is to help students pick their classes, get registered, put in permits, etc.
Last month I worked my butt off for this one student, John, who is an older military guy coming to college for the first time. Every time he came up here or called he always talked to me, and we built up a great rapport. He even brought the whole office Perkins muffins to thank us! Last week on the first day of class he came in and said how excited he was and how much I had helped him and how thankful he was, and it really made my day and made me so proud to do this job. Well he came in this morning before his first class and sat down and asked if I wanted to hear a story. I said sure. (Just paraphrasing his story, if I mess up military details please forgive me!)
He started telling me about this time where his naval base was going to be inspected by some high ranking people and it was a huge deal and he was the one that was supposed to escort the inspectors around. The outcome of the inspection was going to determine some major things for the base, and they were important people so he was really nervous. He showed them around one part of it and when that was done he asked if they were ready to see the rest and they said no, they had seen enough. Two weeks later the student gets a call from his commanding officer, and they told him that he did such an amazing job with the inspectors that the base passed their inspection and the high ranking officials were so impressed with him that they gave him a commanding coin, which I’m told is something you only get for doing something outstanding. He then said, “I told you all that to tell you this. I was scared shitless when I came back to college that I would be lost and everyone would look down on me. But you helped me and made the transition as smooth as can be. The motto on this coin says ‘Find a way or make one’, and you did that. So I want you to have it.”
From what I’m told these coins are a huge deal to those that receive them and they don’t part with them lightly, and I was just floored by this gesture and trying not to tear up in front of him!
The student is off to his classes now, and I’m just sitting here grinning like an idiot. Here’s the coin.
Anyone know more about it? Do you have one? If so, how did you get it?