As you all know, this past year I moved my life to Massachusetts and ventured out of my comfort zone to try something new. I was escaping a small conservative town in which I felt that I was being limited. I came into a world unknown and, while it took some adjusting to, I couldn’t have been happier with all of the experiences that I have gained this year. I learned how to stand up for what I believe in, experienced cultures that are not represented in my home town, and made connections with people from all over the world who have the same goal in life: to make a change in the world. I made friends that I will keep for forever and ever and even met my twin separated at birth.
However, while being so far away from home I came to appreciate everything that made my small town “home”. I miss walking into the supermarket and knowing all of the smiling faces in the aisles. I miss sunny afternoons in the park and dancing in the warm North Carolina rain showers. I miss snow that doesn’t last for three months and flowers that bloom before May 1st. I miss coming home from school and telling my mom how my day went. I miss those country rednecks and weird band kids.
We always say that we want what we don’t have, and I think that applies perfectly to me in this situation. I came to Miss Hall’s to search for a part of me that was missing, and I think that I found it. As I depart Miss Hall’s on the first of June, I will depart with a more positive outlook on life and a stronger character than the girl who drove up to this school nine months ago. I can honestly say without a doubt in my mind that Miss Hall’s has changed me for the better. Going back to North Carolina for my senior year of high school was a hard decision to make, and I spent many months weighing my options. In these last few weeks, I have decided that I truly am going to miss this place and all of the people in it. If I write anymore I might just break out in sobs and look like a wicked mess, so enjoy some pictures.
I can honestly not stress enough the good that Miss Hall’s did for me. If anyone out there is thinking about changing schools, I recommend that you go for it. You never know how it will change your life and make you appreciate all of the little things. I can’t believe it is coming to an end and it is going to be so hard to say goodbye to these girls in 11 days. Thank you for making a footprint on my heart, you will stay there forever.