#ThanksUM – Amber

Amber Kelley #ThanksUM, Alumni, Experience

When I came to the University of Mobile for a Preview Day, my dad said, “I can see you graduating from here and then working here.” He said that around 5 years ago – and today, I am living out that statement.
I graduated from the University of Mobile and started working full-time the Monday after graduation. I love the mission of UM and the people here. It’s just special. I am forever thankful for the impact UM has had on me, as a student and even as a staff member.

During the month of November, we are going to be focusing on reasons we are thankful for UM. We are calling it, #ThanksUM.

It’s kind of like writing a thank you letter to the university. You can post why you’re thankful for UM on any social media platform and hashtag #ThanksUM so we can all see!

So, I am going to ask you: Why are you thankful for UM?

Here’s why I am:

I’m thankful for the relationships. From people who are younger than me, the same age or even older. The people here care. They love deeply. The people at UM are extremely loyal, they are loyal to UM and to their friends – they make relationships and take care of them.

I’m thankful for the surrounding community. From the local church, to the local businesses, to the strangers that I meet. I’m thankful that, while being a student at UM, I was able to embrace this greater Mobile area by stepping off campus and into opportunities throughout the community to volunteer and make a difference.

I’m thankful for the growth. Whether it was growing academics or in my faith, I can accredit a lot of my personal growth to my four years of being a student here and even during my first year of working here.

One night recently, after eating dinner with some friends, I walked across campus and I was reminded of how precious UM is to me. I was reminded of sweet faces that have impacted my life, I was reminded of sweet times of fellowship in my dorm room, I was reminded of nights studying that confirmed my passions and career choice.

Thank you, UM, for the friendships, the growth, for the love, for the family that you have given me.

About the Author
Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.