My dearest CultureRun Family,
It saddens me to have to write this as my time at CultureRun has come to an end. I thought about doing a “Top moments at CultureRun” post but the task of trying to pull out specific moments from my five months here was difficult beyond belief. So here I am just keeping things short and simple.
I am leaving CultureRun. My 5 months has been absolutely amazing and honestly speaking I would not trade the experience for the world. When I started out at CultureRun I did not think that I would be so filled with sorrow to leave the company. I did not even know what a Community Developer even meant! I merely thought this was a way to fill the time until I left to pursue my masters this September.
The job has been demanding for a newbie like me. Being the first Community Developer CultureRun had, Su-zen, Suwen and I had to figure out the job first-hand. We had to learn how to “develop the community” so to speak. My job expanded to give me experiences I honestly never thought I would have ever had. The stress, the mistakes, the craziness, the unnecessarily long-winded team meetings, the laughter and the tears. Every moment has been worth it. Every moment has made me learn something new about myself and the community around me. I have learned what I want to do with my life, I have gained new friends and I have created a new family (the same family I spoke about in my earlier quite depressing, let’s be honest with ourselves, post).
Like I keep telling everyone, CultureRun is the kid I randomly adopted and have grown to love like she is my own.
CultureRun was just a baby five months ago. The company has grown so much since then and never have I been so proud of a group of people and of the work that we have done together. We have launched and carried out a community campaign, we have branched out into new areas and we have made our mark upon the KL scene. Suz and Suwen I am so proud of the both of you and of how far you have come. I feel honored to be have been a part of the initial stages of the company. Sidenote, the tears are coming – its that pesky throat aching feeling I mentioned before!
The last 5 months have been ridiculously up and down and to be quite frank, slightly cheesy and ever so over the top, I could not have done this without my team – especially Su-zen and Suwen. We started out as a four person team (Sky you will always be remembered as one of the two original Community Developers!) who were still trying to find a balance. We expanded to five members (Chuan your penchant for cool and collected will never be forgotten!) and I am now leaving our six member team with immense sadness. I would thank each one of them individually, however the cheesiness would just overflow into a gooey mess. So all I have to say is Akmal, Jing, WeiLi, Suwen and Su-Zen, you have been an amazing team both professionally and personally (you were my family and support center when I needed it the most) and I love each one of you like WeiLi loves her coffee, Jing loves her bubble tea and like Suz loves her ribbons and tea parties.
Amazing analogy right guys? 😉
Finally, to all the teachers, venues and students. Continue learning with CultureRun. The community we have built and that we are continuing to build together is a family. We are a small niche in KL (for now) and we can grow together to spread the learning love in a society that is so often close-minded. Your enthusiasm and support is so appreciated by us, we cannot often find ways to thank you enough. I will miss all of you incredibly!!
You have all touched my heart and I will never forget each and every one of you. Thank you to every one of you that sent me an email and/or text message wishing me good luck! Words cannot even begin to express how I feel! I felt like crying! Yes I cry very easily -_- Rest-assured I will be present every once in a while, in-between essays and deadlines, through guest posts on the blog. I could not leave you all completely!
I send my love and hugs to every one of you!
Until my next (and first) guest-post!