This time last year a single idea occupied every senior’s train of thought: COLLEGE. Where are you applying? Are your test scores high enough? Do you have ample extra curricular activities decorating your application to characterize you as well rounded? Now, exactly twelve months later day by day we are each departing to our next destination— whether that be across the country, or in my case down the street.
As many of my friends empty their closets into boxes and walk around Bed, Bath, and Beyond purchasing college necessities, I prepare my heart for yet another goodbye— or as I am constantly reminded a “see you later.” The reality of attending a small private school is that months, and or even years from now you’ll across paths with someone you once knew; while we may be going our separate ways, we will eventually find our way back to one another. Though these may be “see you laters,” they truthfully are a goodbye to the people we are in this very moment— and that, THAT is what makes the final hugs and farewells unnerving and formidable.
Back in March, after the flood of college acceptances and rejections drowned the halls of Milken, the seniors were brought ashore with a lecture highlighting the virtue of true friendships. While the entire presentation captured my attention, a single inquiry hit home with me: Do you have someone you can call at ungodly hours of the night with absolutely no hesitation or apprehension? Whether it be an emergency or a simple “I need to talk”…? Before the next point was made tears filled my eyes as I looked to my left and right, because I did have that someone in my life— and not just one or two, but seven "someones"— and I am beyond blessed to say that I do.
With college move-in snapshots taking social media by storm, there’s a single common pattern throughout all the pictures and videos: in the corner of all the Instagram and Snapchat posts are pictures of friends plastered above beds or desks. As I come across these all I can think is that one thing is true: though we may be miles apart the memories captured in those photographs make us feel at home. They take us back to good times. While the individuals in the images may change, their shared memories and the power of true friendship will persist through time and space.