At just three days away from hopping on a plane and flying south, the worst has finally come.
Sure, I knew it was coming. And I’ve said plenty of goodbyes before now. I’ve moved 10 times. After graduation every year, I say goodbye to people moving on to start a new chapter. People are constantly coming in and out of our lives.
This time it seems so much harder.
The people here in Chicago are pretty amazing. I’ve had staff push me to do what I love, to challenge myself, and to reach for the stars. My friends have always been there for the laughs, the tears, and the last minute adventures for thai food and frozen yogurt. These people are now my family, and they’ve supported me in ways I could never thank them for.
Of course, there’s my actual family too. I know I’ll see them again in December. But 6 months is officially the longest I’ve gone without seeing them, and I have a knack for being homesick.
This is it. As a 22 year old grad student, it’s time to go off on my own, but I will carry a piece of all of these people with me. Whether it be in a picture, a post-it note, a wolf hat, or a memory. After all, it’s not a forever goodbye, it’s just an “I’ll see you later.” And I have two couches that are just waiting for their first visitor.
Ok, so I can’t quite pull that off yet. But I’m working on it!
This time in three weeks I’ll be busy unpacking all the boxes currently sitting all over my place in Chicago and putting everything in it’s new place in Raleigh, NC. Crazy right?
A little about myself: I’m a recent college grad with a degree in Art History and Studio Art. Over the next two years I will be getting my M. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs and serving as a Residence Director in an on campus residence hall. I love photography, painting, baking, (and eating the things I bake…and really eating in general), furry animals, and being around people. I’ve grown up in the midwest, and moving south is going to be a bit of a change…looks like I’m trading in 3 pairs of snow boots for shorts and tank tops. Between now and the time I move, the posts here will be a lot of me mentally preparing myself for the big move and saying goodbye to family, friends, and Chicago.
So let the countdown begin!