It’s unbelievable that in less than a week I’ll have officially moved into my dorm room, met lots of new people and started my freshman year of college. I think it really hit me when my best friend, who is a senior and the drum major our high school’s marching band, couldn’t hang out today because she had to go to band camp. It seems like just yesterday was my final week of band camp and I was thinking to myself, “Wow, Grace. You’re really a senior now, and you’re finally starting the year that everyone says is the best. You better cherish it because it’s going to fly by.”

And sure enough, it did.

Here I am on one of the last days of my summer trying to see as many friends as possible before we all leave for college. I think I’ve visited at least one friend every day this week and saying goodbye hasn’t gotten any easier. I guess I’m a little worried about our friendships holding up because everyone loves to constantly remind us college freshman that we almost never keep the friends we have in high school. I believe its all what you put into it though. If you don’t make the effort to stay friends then you won’t. If you want to remain friends you both have to put in the time. And getting into a new routine and finding news ways to touch base will take some getting used to.

Of course there are always those friends  you may not talk to for weeks, or even months, but when you finally do, its like picking up right where you left off. I have a friend from middle school like that and she leaves for college tomorrow. Its unreal because we were just 12 and 13, obsessively watching Mean Girls and freaking out over the new Lightning Thief books.

On a positive note, I started drawing a wall hanging for my room. I didn’t like any of the ones I had found in stores or online, so I figured why not draw one just the way I want it! So I took an old white sheet that was upstairs and have started to outline the tree of life on it. I figured this would help make my room a little more personal and take up lots of blank white wall space. I’m really excited to see how it turns out. I hope you all have as much of a productive week as I have!


Hometown: Washington Grove, Maryland High School: Gaithersburg High School Major: Animal Studies Hobbies: Painting, Gardening, Environmental Care, Camping Favorite Books: The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld Favorite Movies: Hairspray and The Princess Bride

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