Three years ago, I graduated from high school, packed up the car, and came to Luther. I was scared and nervous and sad and for the first month I was lonely. I had never been away from home and I didn’t know how to start over. And that is what coming to college is, starting over.
Luckily, shortly into my time here, I joined Mock Trial and I met these humans, who quickly changed the tide of my Luther experience.
And they took me, a little freshman, under their wings. They showed me that I had a place on this campus, they loved me for who I was. They would invite me to hang out with them and their friends. They gave me people to surround myself with. They helped make Luther my home.
Fast forward…two years later. And I am saying goodbye to some of the most important people in my life, a group of people that has grown from those in the picture above into my group of friends, my people.
I owe who I am to everyone of you seniors that I have spent time with in the last three years. From my fellow RAs, to those of you who have mentored me into Senate, to classmates, to Mock Trial: each and everyone of you have touched my life in ways that I can’t explain. You have changed me, challenged me, and encouraged me. We have laughed together, cried together, and we have done way too much studying together. In the words of Glinda and Elphaba from the best musical ever (Wicked…duh): “because I knew you, I have been changed for good”.
To all you people who are graduating: I love you all. I miss you all already and Luther will not be the same without you next year. I can’t wait for you all to go out and be adults so that a year from now, I can call you up and ask you for adulting advice.