The End of an Era

May 17, 2005

To the Class of 2005,

I would like to first thank those whom I have come to know and respect.

To my Coaches both old and new, teammates both old and new, special shouts out to the 04-05 Team, we made history baby!!! To everyone down in SAAS, thank you for all your support. To everyone in Athletic Administration -- Lisa Love we will all miss you, thank you for everything you've done at USC, and most of all thanks to everyone for the EVENTS CENTER!!!! To all my fellow student-athletes, and fellow classmates, we have just built ourselves relationships for a lifetime. USC ALUMNI BABY!!!!!

In case you are wondering, yes the four years went by fast, yes I had the times of my life, yes times were difficult, yes it was hard, however I loved it and would not trade my experiences for anything in the world. USC teaches you to grow up and grow up fast, but it doesn't let you do it alone. There is a tremendous amount of support available at every turn. If there is one thing I regret, it would be not taking full advantage of it all. I am the kind of person who likes to go at things alone, you know, the kind of 'do it yourself' chick. My advice to anyone entering the system would be to let people do their jobs and help you out when you need it.

USC has taught me to take pride in everything that I do in life and to always walk with my head high because I am a Trojan. It has now been injected into my bloodstream, and I may have become just a tad bit biased. Walking across that stage is probably one of the greatest feelings of accomplishment that's available. Then, before you know it you are done. We may become old news but we are never forgotten.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I have experienced and things I have gone through on a personal level. Playing ball, going to school, it may sound easy but it is not an easy task. I truly believe that if you learn how to balance the two and become successful in both, then you have set your foundation and can now do whatever you want.

Never let something minor spoil something major. Fight On in life, and may all of our jobs continue to bring us some kind of joy and happiness at the end of the day. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but it's the hard times that make the good times that much better.

Kim Gipson
Class of 2005

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