Where to begin? It feels like just yesterday that I was flying to Baltimore to start the first day of my freshman year of college. 8 months later, I am preparing to depart for the summer. In between studying for finals, I have been sorting through the carefully collected ticket stubs, photos, pamphlets, pomps pomps, proposals, cheatsheets, and tokens of my first year.
Now, maybe it's the fact that it's finals period, or maybe I have been listening to Views too many times, but I have grown increasingly emotional over the past few days. So, I've given myself some much needed time to hit the pause button. In between moving boxes and doing practice tests, I have compiled a gratitude list. At the suggestion of my wonderful friend Caroline, I have been trying to think of the little moments, people, and things that make me happy during times of difficulty (I highly recommend doing this little exercise). Here are my little lovely moments compiled. These aren't all of them (not even close), but I want to say thank you to all of the people that have made my year what it was: challenging, surprising, and well, perfectly imperfect.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who showed me your understanding, kindness, and generosity; it didn't go unnoticed. If I didn't have the chance to tell you, I am grateful for you and thankful for whatever time we got to spend together.
With special love to Caroline, Hayley, Ali, Maddie, Tina, Margaret, and more.