couple weeks ago, our director of special projects, Caitlin Addlesperger, wrote about her return to Wyoming. She had grown up in Sheridan, went away for college and to explore the world, then returned to the Wild West.

It’s been fun watching her settle in here. Joining nonprofit boards, volunteering and working hard. She and her husband are the kind of people we want to recruit to Sheridan.

On Saturday, my best friend from college arrived in Sheridan. She has accepted a job offer here and starts the new role today. We used to spend hours together laughing and joking in college. We played on the Northwestern University softball team together (she was a star… me, not so much). We attended study hall, explored Chicago, went to class and shared in the everyday craziness of college.

As I helped her move into her new apartment in Sheridan, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my first weekend in Wyoming. I had found a roommate through Craigslist. We had never met, but we had researched each other online and decided to give it a shot. 

So, my parents and I packed up a U-Haul and drove west in June 2008. When we arrived in Sheridan, my new roommate was hanging out in the backyard with friends — probably a safety net just in case I was horrible.

My parents helped me unpack the U-Haul and arrange my room. Then, we went out to dinner and they dropped me back off at the house where I was to live. I was on my own.

I remember feeling excited and terrified. I wondered if I had made a huge mistake. I wondered what this new adventure would bring. Coming from Chicago, the small-town vibe was new and a little intimidating. I hoped I would find friends. I hoped I would like my job. I hoped I would fit into this new life in this new town.

Everything ended up working out. But those first few days in Sheridan were quite the emotional roller coaster. While there is still plenty to explore in Sheridan and the surrounding area, I envy my friends as one rediscovers and another discovers for the first time the joys of living in Sheridan. There’s something special about starting a new chapter in your life. 

I am excited to see how it all works out, and I hope to continue celebrating their success as they bring new ideas and more enthusiasm to the community.