Tina, You are one of the most amazing people that i have ever met. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you and get to know you. I know that wherever you go, you will continue to do great things and inspire others around you. Thank you for everything!!!
❤ Bridget B.
Hello, I was really excited to see you again unexpectedly last Friday!!. I had the OL meeting last week, and I cannot stop thinking back to last year’s orientation leader’s training that we have had with you. Since it was my first time to be involved as a leader, the experience I had was unforgettable. Eventhough it was just one short orientation period, I have learned how to gather up as a GROUP and also realized how important each member in this community is!.
At the meeting last week, I saw new OLs whom I never seen before. (They were like me last year, sitting there with a little confusion. XD)I believe they will be cool like us as soon as they get along. However, I cannot imagine an Orientation training without you. I Miss you so MUCH!!
A few photos I wanted to share.
Love you Tina
Throughout the years, especially in art school, I was not able to pick up a lot of books to read. You can say that my selection of literature is very limited. I do have to admit though that the books I have read are one of amazing taste and impeccable themes- themes that make you linger after the conclusion and ponder if the book could have a parallel impact on our own lives. There was one book that I did read that brings this idea up called “The 5 People You Meet in Heaven”. Have you read it before?
The basic premise of the book follows our protagonist throughout heaven and he meets 5 people who had either impacted his life or vice versa. Through each one, he learns a life lesson- which varies from love, sacrifice and other important qualities. The short novel was a pleasant read but it was also a book that made me reflect on my own life. It always makes me wonder “Who would I meet in Heaven when I die? Whose life did I make an impact and who made an impact in mine?” Though my life is young and I have (hopefully) many years to live, I can say that you, Tina Crayton, are one of the 5 people I should meet when our time comes.
I never met anyone in my life that was as neutral, caring, thoughtful, intelligent and friendly as you. Every time I meet or hang out with you, I always thought “this person knows everything that happens in my life and cares about it!” She was the person that brought the leader out of me. Not only that, but she was also a sister, friend, coworker, boss and everything in between for me. She was one of the few people where I would cross states and do favors for her JUST BECAUSE she was someone that cared for me and vice versa. I always felt supernatural when I was around her and I learned to be a better human being from her. Who I am now and what my future will be are direct results from Tina.
Tina, if you are reading this, I am not going to wish you the best of luck because you are too amazing for luck. You had the biggest impact on my life and I am a better person because of it. I know you are going to do amazing things in life, wherever you go and no matter where life takes you. Just please know that you are one of the most important people in my life and I am proud to say that I know and worked with you. Thank you for letting me be in your life and thank you for making me the amazing person you see now.
Tina I’m sad that you’re leaving SVA. And I feel that I can only give you a word of thanks for all that you have done for me. It was thanks to you and being an OL that helped me expand my circle of friends and change my introverted ways. You gave me opportunities to make money during the school year and you even gave me an internship. It was thanks to you that I was able to meet new people and get to know SVA more and experience things I would’ve never experienced. I’ll miss our Kyochan chicken runs and your birthday prank phone calls. (I still have your number saved on my phone) I also miss randomly spotting you in KTown whenever I’m with my parents and you attempting to speak korean whenever you met my mom.
Thank you for caring for me and always, without fail, get me to laugh at something stupidly hilarious.
I love you TCray
Thank you for making my college life fun and exciting.
Thank you for all the opportunities you have given me.
Thank you for having the biggest heart and kindest soul.
So many memories keep popping up and I can’t even begin to write about or recall them all. I can’t even begin to picture an SVA without you there to welcome new students, to make everyone feel at home at a crazy little art school in the middle of Manhattan. I was lucky enough to work with so many wonderful people at SVA, but you were someone that really stood out. You made the students get involved - even the students that thought they were “too cool” to show up at karaoke, you got the OLs to wear those crazy shirts and actually ENJOY pushing around huge carts full of other peoples’ belongings. Your positivity was always infectious!
And you were a great neighbor when I was lucky enough to move up to the swanky 18th floor! ;)
I wish you nothing but the best! And THANK YOU for everything!
Tina, the first time I met you, you gave me free movie tickets for being the first to submit my Orientation Leader application. It was the end of my freshman year and I was just starting to get confidence in myself. You asked me what made me want to become an OL, so I talked about pushing myself outside of my boundaries - and gave as an example going to a party on Wagner College campus on the invite of a friend-of-a-friend I’d met once.
You and Donny looked at each other and you asked me, “…was this in a Towers dorm room? Was this a drinking party?” I must have looked like a deer in the headlights, because both of you started laughing and waved it off.
Being an OL for three years played a huge part in my relationship with SVA and my growth as a person, and I have you to thank for it (also for not busting my chops over going to a ‘drinking party’ underage :P).
Tina, I will never forget how I first met you. It humbly began with me joining a volunteer group to paint a preschool’s walls. I will always be grateful for you giving a quiet, shy, neophyte, a chance to be a pre-college assistant. Next thing you know, I get accepted as an Orientation leader and finally, a Resident Assistant. Thanks to you my SVA experience was more about learning. In the 4 year journey, I am different person now than before, made an unbelievable amount friends, no longer shy, and maybe a little taller. There is so much to say. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for me and I’m sure everyone feels the same way.