Grateful editor prepares for time abroad


I would be lying if I said that this semester has been easy for me. What with a breakup, stupid boys, a concussion that ended my rugby career and scarlet fever, let’s just agree that it could have been better. I’ve become close with people I never thought I would, and have made some amazing bonds. Leaving for the entire spring semester is going to break my heart.

My heart is filled with pride and love for each of my friends. Any friend of mine who is a senior I have seen really come into accepting graduation and understand what path in life to take. It’s inspiring. As a communications and journalism double major, I’m lost as to what I’m doing, but each of my friends has showed me that no matter what, I’ll figure it out and be happy.

Then, there’s all of my little families. To all of my sisters, I don’t know what I would have done without you all this semester. There are the few who have really been there for me, listening to me while I cry and sort out my life, driving me to the hospital and supporting me in everything I do. One of the only aspects of college life keeping me sane is you guys, and I will miss Saturday mornings on the couch, late night Dunkin’ runs and being Spongebob and Patrick while everyone else is Squidward. To my Crusader clan, working with you guys, especially the seniors, has been an honor. The office is one of my havens on campus, and talking to all of you about my crazy shenanigans helps me out a lot. Whether it’s Gabi’s bubbly personality at editorial board meetings or my cursing at the computer because my headlines don’t fit, it’s always a good time. It’s one of the only places where I don’t feel judged, and I appreciate all of you for that, because even though I laugh at all the stupid things I do, sometimes I wonder if I’m making the right decisions, and somehow you guys make me feel better about it all.

This isn’t really a family, but my corner in Bioethics is where I’ve actually made some amazing friends. Mike and his exploits of Simon the squirrel, Dan making me sing on the radio and overcome my fears, and Kyle for being the best project partner I could have (for many reasons).

Then, there’s just the random, crazy people that I’ve come to know and love. Dan and his vibrant Hawaiian shirts, my bros in Theta who just let me chill out and be a guy, Jackie and her wild stories, the three other people in my Italian class who constantly make me laugh, and my fiction class for pushing me to become a better writer and be confident in what I write.

Lastly, there’s my rocks, good old Mads and my brother. With all that Madison has been through in her life, not only has she helped me through my worst times, but made the best times better and completely grown into an amazing person during her time here at Susquehanna. And my brother, Mikey, who inspires me. Seeing him truly become his own person has been the most amazing experience in my life, and watching him transform has been an honor. I can say that my love for him has grown so much in our short time together at Susquehanna, and I cannot wait to see what else he accomplishes over the next three years.

I couldn’t ask for a more varied group of friends, and I love every second of it. Even though I won’t be on campus next semester, I know that I’ll have a home to come back to. What I love most about campus is the people, and even though I’m mad excited to go abroad, leaving is bittersweet because I know who I’m leaving behind. Thank you, my friends. You all are beautiful people, and I’ll see you soon.


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