As I write this, I have 24 days of school left until the end of my freshman year here at the University of Pittsburgh. We first met 227 days ago when I moved into Ruskin Hall. I was terrified to be honest. I was a freshman moving into an all upperclassman dorm. You would soon come to learn that I have too many anaphylactic food allergies to eat in the dining hall, so the Disability Office at Pitt had given me a single apartment in Ruskin so I could cook all my own food. My access to a kitchen and safe food was an obvious plus but I knew living in a single apartment with all upperclassmen meant I was not going to have an RA, other kids living on my floor with a similar experience, or a roommate to become best friends with. But, I soon found out though I had someone no other freshman at Pitt had—and that was you.
I will forever remember you Lenny. I will remember the smile you give me before I leave for class each day, I will remember the bear hugs you give, I will always remember to tell you what I am cooking and I will always remember how you go out of the way to make my feel at home.
I know that you said that you are not looking forward to the summer when we all leave and Ruskin is empty. I want you to know that I will be looking forward to the end of August when I get to return to apartment 211, I will look forward to your morning hugs, and I will look forward to another year in my home. When I come back though, I will no longer be the same nervous freshman you met 227 days ago. I will not be worried about feeling alone or isolated because I know that no mater what, you will be waiting at the bottom of the steps with open arms to give me a hug before I head to class.
Luckily, I will also have a lot of friends who will be joining me in Ruskin Hall next semester and I have already told them all about you!
Thanks for everything you do Lenny!