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Friday, May 5, 2017

Kourtney Rae


My sweet girl Kourtney Rae becomes Master Kourtney Kirby today as she is being awarded her Master's in Higher Education & Student Affairs. And Kourt I'm sorry, I know this is going to make you cry, but I'm forging ahead anyways.

One of our student-athletes asked Kourtney and me yesterday if we were best friends and without any hesitation we both answered YES! at almost the same time. I have been so lucky to have had Kourtney as a friend and partner in crime over the past two years. She freaks out when I leave my house keys in the door all night, is always down for a shopping trip with me, joins in without hesitation on my rogue missions...and most importantly she has been my biggest cheerleader (rightfully so) when I need it the most.

For anyone who did not realize Kourtney is a freaking rockstar. I bet you didn't know that Kourtney has been working towards her Master's degree, academically counseling 20ish football players, AND coaching the WCU cheerleading team. I don't know about you, but I would have lost my mind a long time ago. Since I have known Kourtney she has always put the needs and happiness of others before herself. It's an admirable quality because it is so easy to be selfish, especially in your 20s when everyone is telling you to be selfish. I can't even begin to tell you how many times Kourt was more worried about me and what was going on in my life than about the 10 page paper she had due at midnight...and may or may not have started haha. 

Kourtney and I may have started at Western as co-workers, but we are leaving as the best of friends. I cannot wait to see where her life takes her, especially as she prepares to start her new life with her fiancé, Taylor. I know wherever she goes she going to do amazing things and be a light in the lives of those she meets like she has in mine. And I feel lucky to know that even when I don't get to see her bubbly and happy self everyday, she'll still be cheering for me wherever I go.

I love you Kourt! Congratulations!

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