I always thought I would be more than happy to graduate from the bubble…that is to say, I always knew I would miss bits and pieces. I expected to miss living with my friends, my favorite professors, being able to wake up after 9 a.m., and of course the joys of not having to cook for myself. Yet I never really anticipated being sad about leaving.
It is only natural to leave college after four years. You make friends, make memories, have fun and occasionally learn some new information. What I wasn’t expecting was to be so sad about leaving this place that truly has become a second home for me.
I’ll miss walking to and from classes, saying hi to friends and faculty alike, both people I know and people I don’t. I’ll miss Patty’s friendly face at the Bakery, Michelle’s smiles at the Hill, and Annie asking how I am at the checkout counter. I’ll miss staying up late and doing homework or watching movies or talking with friends. I’ll miss this tight-knit community where everyone holds the doors and the majority of people go out of their way to be nice in some form or another.
I think what I’ll miss most though is that support system I have had here, whether it be through that one tough semester I had my sophomore year when I did a course overload and worked part time too, or through the semester I did all of my work from the hospital, because I had just been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time.
So thank you, Stonehill, and everyone who has been a part of my life for the last four years. While I have not had the typical college experience most people think of when they see someone my age, I can’t say I would change my experiences for anything because it taught me so much. I couldn’t have accomplished half of what I have done without the backing and help from both my family and my second family that I formed here at school. Thank you. And happy (early) graduation to the Class of 2014.