Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving! To be quite honest, it does not feel like Thanksgiving, I went to class today. However, my family is almost back to Dublin! I don’t think I mentioned at all yet that they have been visiting this week which I’m so thankful for, it’s so nice to have them here for the holiday because it’s my favorite holiday and if they weren’t here I would be super homesick.

Anyway, I’ve been doing really good with blogging recently, I hope to keep it that way. I’ll be doing a LNBM for an update probably one day this week. For today I just want to share what I’m thankful for.

  • My parents. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be studying abroad, I wouldn’t have traveled nearly as much as I have been. They are so supportive and encouraging of me, and I would like them to know how much I appreciate and how grateful and thankful I really am.
  • My sisters. While they drive me crazy, I love having two sisters. They are so supportive and always there when I need them.
  • The rest of my family. I think I am very blessed in the family department. I’m really missing all of them today.
  • My old friends. I have the absolute best friends, from college, from home, from the internet. Every day I am reminded that I am so blessed for the friends that I have. It’s nice to know wherever I go, someone is always there for me.
  • My new friends. They have made my trip here amazing, the experience even more special than I expected it. Now I have friends throughout the whole US which is pretty amazing.
  • My corner of the internet. Whenever I’m having an off day I have this place that I can come and write my feelings out, not judged, with people who can relate.
  • My school and studying abroad. I know that I am extremely fortunate to be receiving a level of higher education, and more specifically this semester, to be so lucky travel abroad and see the world.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a great day with your friends and family. Even if you aren’t celebrating take a minute to remember what you are thankful for today! Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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Friendships: Where are they now?

So guys I’m still procrastinating on this paper so I decided to give you guys two posts in one day just because I was so flighty over break. 

Friends. This is something that I believe to be in the mind of every college freshman.  We have friends at home, friends  from school, friends from church, friends from work, and if you’re anything like me friends from a trip.  I was afraid to leave them behind.  All I had ever heard about going to college is meeting people that are going to be your friends for life, I didn’t want that at all. I had four best friends back home that I wanted to be my friends for life, but college didn’t change that.  I came into college with the idea that I had to get along with people, which I do. I’ve probably only met two or three people I can see myself being friends with for the rest of my time here- that is of course if I chose to stay here, but even after these four years are over (by the way one of these is my friend Logan, and you guys should check out her blog http://lexicallogan.wordpress.com/).  

One thing college has shown me though is the friends that are going to stick by you through everything, and it may be those that you least expect.  My friend Hannah and I will always be best friends, even though we hardly ever talk she’s one of those people that I can tell anything to and not be judged, only accepted. We can go months without talking but when we’re together it’s like we were never apart. My friends Lindsay, Katie, and Jade are amazing. We are constantly in contact with each other, via group message, and Lindsay and I nearly Google Chat nearly everyday, I know they’re always there for me.  Now those are the four I didn’t want to lose. During high school I had managed to lose several friends, sad, I know but I knew they weren’t good for me so I had to move on.  It’s surprising to me those from high school that have stuck around.  I’m still friends with the class president, which I never thought I would be. I’m still friends with a lot of people from church and that surprises me because we were never that close but we have grown closer now than before. I’m also still in contact with a lot of people from work and I talk and hang out with them outside of work too.  

Now maybe these friendships may change as time goes on and maybe I will lose more friends and gain some more here at college or if I transfer. It is comforting however to see that I was still able to maintain great friendships with those who meant a lot to me at home as well as still make a few friends here at college.  I don’t even doubt that I’ll be losing anyone of major importance in my life any more, I’ll only make new friends and expand my circle.

XOXO

Mary