Now seems to be the time that many start reflecting and taking stock of their lives so far as they prepare to move on to the next chapter and I just have to say that this past year has been unreal and I’m so very grateful. Just since last August, I’ve gotten to see three of my favorite bands live. I applied to and was accepted to the university of my dreams all in one day. (I’ve already changed my major at that university twice already, but we don’t have to talk about that part, it’s all under control now. I hope.) I had a roller coaster ride of a senior year, but it was probably one of, if not my happiest year of school. I had the greatest teachers, I really did. It seems the longer I’m away from them the more I miss them and even though I’ve already told some of them how much I appreciate them, I still wish I could express my gratitude better. I got to travel this year, a real dream come true for me. I sincerely doubted that it would happen, but after a crazy number of flight delays and running through Newark airport at 10:30 at night, it did. And it went by so fast, but I don’t regret any of it for a second. Now I’m determined to work my whole life just so I can get back there, hopefully to stay. This year I finally found my people in a small number of close friends, and I absolutely could not imagine not sharing every excitement and every worry with them. They kept me sane and grounded and I’m so proud to call them my friends and cheer them on as they go on their own adventures. This year I've realized the true gift I have been given in the form of my parents. The thought of leaving them isn’t like just leaving your family, but the greatest friends you’ve ever had and will ever have in your life. I truly would not be who I am without them. I just hope to make them proud in everything I do to show them even one iota of the gratitude that I have for them.
I’ve been searching for these words ever since June 13th, the day I left Butler Senior High School for the last time as a student; now it’s August 20th, the night before I move in to Point Park University for the first time as a college student and the words are just now coming and they are flowing. In all of the excitement and hustle that is moving away from home for the first time on my own (!!!) I think it’s important to have a little check in and appreciate where I’ve been before I set out for the new places I will go.