As my freshman year of college ends, naturally my emotions are getting the best of me.
And I must warn you, I am a HUGE sap.
It’s really true what they say– that you find your lifelong friends at college. I’ve had an insane amount of ups and downs this year, but, hey… that’s what life is all about, right? The thing to remember is, I experienced them with the people that I am so very grateful to have met, who stuck beside me the entire time.
Now I must say that besides cherishing every moment of my freshman year and loving the freedom I have, I’ve also realized that you appreciate home so much more when you go away to college. You appreciate everything you’ve unfortunately taken for granted while you were in high school, essentially the little things: the home cooked meals, the showers with no flip flops on, the beach, driving your car… the list goes on. And obviously, you miss your best friends from home everyday because they just don’t compare to your college friends. But the most important thing I’ve learned to appreciate that much more are my parents. Don’t take this the wrong way, though. Of course I appreciated my parents so much already, more than words can explain. But like I said, being away from home gives you many realizations that might have never crossed your mind beforehand. Your parents aren’t there to hold your hand or fold your laundry. They’re miles away, worrying, and hoping you’re enjoying your college years.
With that being said, I want to thank my parents. I want to thank them for allowing me the opportunity to attend a $56k a year private university. I want to thank them for sending me care packages and notes that brightened my days, weeks, months. I want to thank them for dropping me off and picking me up from school countless amounts of times. I want to thank them for a great deal of things that would take up the majority of this blog post. But most importantly, I want to thank them for loving me unconditionally, for showing me the true meaning of love and sticking to my guns about it, and for always expressing how proud they are of me every single day. (They’re definitely the root of why I’m a sap, but I’m completely fine with that).
There is no better feeling than knowing you are so loved and making someone else proud. The more I think about it, the more I see that the passion and drive of becoming a successful journalist is behind my parent’s words. To hear they are already so proud of me as I’ve only accomplished somewhat minor things during my lifetime is crazy. To hear they are proud of me when I am actually fulfilling my dreams… well, that’s even crazier. And that’s why I want to accomplish my goals so bad. Not only for myself, but more so for my parents because I owe them so much. I know I could live a million lifetimes and never fulfill what they have sacrificed for me, but in the end if I continue to make them proud that may be enough.
So, thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you for honestly everything. I will never be able to express my gratitude and love for you both. I can only hope to be as great as you both are when I am a parent myself. You’ve truly taught me how to have huge dreams, intense passion and a big heart. I think that is so incredibly important for a person to have. I am one of the lucky ones because of you both. Thank you.
“A father’s goodness is higher than the mountains, a mother’s goodness deeper than the sea.” — Japanese Proverb