This semester has been filled with many memories. I got my first kiss, I went to my first college party, I learned how not to overflow a dishwasher, I traveled to D.C. to speak at the FARE Teen Summit, I learned so about wilderness rescue, I helped with a MCI drill at the ER down the street, I took a course on leadership, I did lots of community service, I learned how football works, and I proved to myself that I can be independent...oh yah, and I learned a lot academically!
Obviously though, there is no way I could have made it though these first 4 months alone without the help of a lot of people. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for making my first semester at college possible. I am going to try and mention everyone (apologies in advanced incase I forgot to mention you--I am very thankful for you too!).
Thank you to my parents for never giving up hope that I could follow my dreams. Thank you for supporting me physically, emotionally and financially because you believed in me. Also, thank you for fighting to get me a safe place at Pitt! Thank you to my sister for always being there to text and to facetime. Thank you to my grandparents for believing in me, supporting my dreams, and calling me all the time to say hi and that you love me. Thank you to my aunts and uncles and cousins who call to check in on me (and sometimes even visit me). Thank you to everyone who helped make my 18th birthday one to remember (even though I was away from home). Thank you to my Abington Friends School teachers for preparing me academically for college (believe me, a lot of kids weren't prepared). Thank you to my college guidance consular who talked my mom out of making me commute to Temple out of fear of my allergies. Thank you to my past teachers, school nurse, and my parents for caring for me when I was sick and for teaching me how to care for myself so I could do so when I got to Pitt. Thank you to my AFS friends who have always been there no matter what and for being people I can look up to. Thank you to Maria for being the one constant between AFS and Pitt; I'm so glad we were in the same bio class (again). Thank you for my new friends at Pitt who have accepted me and love me for who I am and are lots of fun to be around! Thank you to Alyssa, the Tower B, Floor 11 RA who has made me feel like a normal freshman by making me an honorary member of her floor (since where I live does't have a floor community or an RA). Thank you to Sarah and the other first year mentors for helping make my college transition really smooth. Thank you to my new doctors who may one day "fix" me. Thank you to Sodexo for letting me come into the dining hall even though I don't have a meal plan but just so I can sit with my friends. Thank you to Lenny, the facilities management guy who always greets me with a smile and makes me feel at home whenever I walk into my building. Thank you to the nurse at Abington Hospital who told my mom she was crazy for sending me to college--you gave me more reason to succeed and prove you wrong. Thank you to FARE for inviting me to speak at the FARE teen summit in DC, I loved sharing my story and helping others. Thank you to the insurance company for being a pain in the butt 99.9% of the time--you have taught me how to advocate and solve problems by myself (and also the lovely system I have to look forward to when I am a doctor). Thank you to google maps for helping me navigate the bus systems. Thank you to my food allergies that make it too hard to drink and my asthma that makes it too hard to smoke--you have kept me on the straight and narrow! Thank you to Pitt for being the best university ever and for giving me the most amazing first semester any college kid could have! I'm looking forward to the next 7 semesters!