To the people who made college so manageable~
You know who you are. The never-ending texts with the emojis that summarize our lives too perfectly, the infinite amount of sleepovers, and the countless number of embarrassing photos we have of one another, are all part of what makes this chapter so much harder to close. I never would have made it through these last 3.5 years without you. From Preview to Commencement, you have each touched my life in so many ways. I don’t just have my parents to thank for my degree, because you too played such a huge part in my success.
As my family away from family, I will be forever grateful for the time you rescued me from a mental breakdown in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Or the time I barged into your dorm room at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night because I needed time away from my roommates. I don’t know who else would have spent a weekend wearing a squirrel mask with me, or helped me train for a 5k I never ran, and there is definitely not one other person on this planet that would have brainstormed the complete business plan of our Jell-O-Shot making company with me. With all the hours spent at Brewe-ha’s over-tipping Broiler and Bubba, and obviously, most importantly, your complete support in my DP Dough addiction, I have to admit you are all the most messed up people I know, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
All jokes aside, I would never have survived the all-nighters, the breakdowns, or the hangovers, without you all. And although the thought of me living at home, while all of you are still together having the time of your lives, saddens me to no end, I can be nothing but eternally thankful that I was able to have you as my therapists, support system, bartenders, and best friends not just for these last few years, but for life. So thank you for being you. I hope I can be as stable a support system for you as you have been for me. And thank you for not kicking this college grad out of group chat because while I am here doing adult things, I am living vicariously through your shenanigans...
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