“You were made for the place where your real passion meets compassion because there lies your real purpose.”
– Ann Voskamp
Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.
For this week’s Gratitude Story, we’re pleased to introduce Erin Mercado and her friend, Monica. During Monica’s studies, she quickly distinguished herself as a woman of passion and dedication… just a few of the traits that lead her to become the NRHH Member of the Year. Erin reached out to us to congratulate Monica, and also to show how much of an impact she has contributed to everyone around her.
Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?
Erin (Friend and NRHH Member): For context, Monica and I are both involved with student organizations within the residence halls at the college that we both attend. I had the privilege to serve with her on the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Executive Board last year. I thought that Monica did an outstanding job in her position so I wrote a bid for her. A bid is akin to a fancy nomination presented in a pretty form and can include qualifications, goals, pictures, a theme, and more. Monica’s bid won at the regional level and this past summer it also won on the national level. It is a big deal to win an award at such a high level, but it’s always so hard to bring that recognition back to our campus to share because many of them don’t understand the bidding process. So I thought it would be a good idea for Monica to receive the Tribute to not only congratulate her on her win but to also show our campus members what makes her so great.
What is your favorite thing about this person?
Erin: Monica Maly may be the most caring and selfless person I have ever met. My favorite thing about her is how she is always willing to go above and beyond for anyone she cares about in her life or for any position that she is passionate about. She gives it her all and absolutely nothing can stop her.
What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)
Erin: Every semester, NRHH hosts a recognition event called OTMmy’s. Many different recognition things occur at this event so we thought it would also be a good idea to present the tribute at this event. Not only were we able to show the people in NRHH that Monica worked with, but we were also able to showcase the tribute to a wider audience within the student leader sphere. It was in the month of November at the end of the event. We also shared the video on our organization’s page.
What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?
Erin: Monica cried and was the star of the night just like we wanted it to be. Everyone that was there that was asked to be a part of the video had a great time recounting in person how great Monica was and how fun making their video was. And even if they weren’t a part of making the video, all the others had a greater understanding of all that Monica did and we’re sure to congratulate her for her win. Monica was all smiles the entire night.
Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.
Monica: “I cried a lot. I felt very appreciated and it made me realize that I do make an impact even when I don’t think I do. And doing what I love helps other people find what they love.”
As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen. Now go forth and spread some love.