Welcoming Change

With graduation approaching, I find myself looking back on all the things I will be leaving behind when August comes around — performing in the band, working on the Prowl, eating home-cooked meals — it’s all coming to an end. I am about to move seven hours away from everything I have ever known. The entire floor of my home I have to myself is about to become a single bedroom I share with someone I hardly know. It sounds frightening; I should be terrified, but… I’m not. Change isn’t something to fear. It’s how we grow as people. Society can’t progress unless changes are made. People can’t improve themselves if they remain in the exact same place all their lives. Whether it’s for the better or it’s for the worst, change is inevitable, and there is no way to escape it. We might as well learn to welcome it rather than run.

I want to thank all of the people who have changed me, who have impacted my life so drastically that I don’t think I would be the person I am today without them…

Thank you, mom, for always being there to support me. I know I’m a mess and I’m a lot to deal with, but you’ve never given up on me, no matter what. You are my biggest fan and my role model–the person I aspire to be like. Thank you for your unwavering support and love.

Thank you, Sheldon, for putting up with me for the past two years. I have no idea what I would be doing with my life if I didn’t have you around. You are my best friend and I am so incredibly grateful to know you. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you, Spruce. You are the best dog I’ve ever had. You have allowed me to join a community of such enthusiastic people who support me in all that I do. You have taught me responsibility, tolerance, love, and how to properly throw a frisbee. Thank you for your loyalty and all the laughs.

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