The Paw Print
• To the wonderful ladies in my life: Thank you for giving me a chance to be a friend to you. It’s hard to find good lady friends. Especially for someone who’s used to just hanging out with dudes. On a more specific note, I want to thank Anna Dean for being such an incredible friend/roommate. I never thought I would be so fortunate to find my soul sister. It is wonderful having extraordinary women around and I want to convey a message to you. Read it loud and clear, ok? You are beautiful.
Quit bullshitting around in front of the mirror pointing out flaws that you see. I don’t see anything wrong with you. Not one damn thing. I’ve never saw you as a person who should gain a few pounds, someone who could lose a few pounds, too dark, too light, not pretty enough. I see you as YOU. I won’t ever judge you on what you look like from the outside.
You will always be beautiful to me for the simple fact that you have your differences. I love that you look the way you do. Start spending more time enjoying who you are rather than what you think people want you to be. You got it? You’re beautiful. End of story.
• To the RMEC Staff: I was lucky enough to work side by side with all of you for two years. You all do an incredible job and I am thankful that I was able to learn so much during my time. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face each and everyday. I wish each of you the absolute best and I hope to always keep in touch.
• To The Paw Print Staff: Thank you for giving me a chance to prove myself. I am a worker bee and that’s just who I am. I like to work and I work a lot. I keep myself best and it’s all by choice. Wednesday night became one of my favorite nights of the week. In between work we all found a place where we could vent, laugh, express ourselves and create inside jokes and throughout the semester we found ourselves in a room filled with friends. You all make me completely and overwhelmingly happy.
• To all my readers: I want you to know, that you can come to me about anything. E-mails are always welcomed and if you ever need someone to just vent with or listen, I am here for you. I might not have the greatest solid advice, let alone know the right answers, but I want you to feel comfortable enough to give me a try at least. Because honestly, if there is any way/words/random laugh needed from me to help you, I want to do it. Thank you so much for reading week after week and for all your positive input throughout the semester.
• To the graduating class of 2012: There will come a time in your life where everyone is wrong. Your parents, your friends, your professors, your partner, everyone all at once. And it will be when you will feel the most right. When you decide not to attend Graduate school, but instead, pay for a one-way ticket to Europe and spend it on nothing but trial and error. Not knowing where you’re going next to when you’re coming back. You’ll hear the naysayers in any decision you decide to take. My advice? Run. Fly. Leave. If you stand around waiting for everyone to back you up, believe in risk, or to trust your judgment, you will wait for the rest of your life. If it feels right to you, pack your bags and go. Make an inspiration board and go. Because you are right, and you deserve nothing more than to have an adventure.