Let me preface this post by saying that I'm thankful for many things. This topic seems very fitting based on circumstances that I've faced throughout the past two months and are still facing today. I also hope I don't offend anyone if I don't include them, or if I do include them and I don't do them justice. These are just instances in my mind that I can recall in detail. 

I'm sure that I've mentioned this before, but this past semester has had some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. I've been able to come out of my introverted shell and been able to form friendships with ease (or so I hope). It's currently about a quarter until Thanksgiving Day and I would just like to reflect on some individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with this semester. 


A.K.A. Momma Bear. I'm starting with the hardest one purely because I don't interact enough with you. However, from what I've noticed and picked up on, I can confidently say that you are a full-of-life and fun-loving human being. Whenever I see you, you always have a smile on your face and that smile puts a smile on my face. You've always been a positive influence whenever you're around and that really makes a difference. 


Averie, this one was kind of hard to write because don't really hang out much. Even so, I know that I can come to you with problems or if I need advice. You can also tell it like it is, no bullshit. You've taught me to take a step back and re-asses what's important to me. That's something that I can truly appreciate, so thank you. 


Sarah, I know that I can get on your case about some things and I know for sure that I annoy you at times. That being said, I am entirely grateful to have met you this semester and to have become your friend. You remind me to try to see the good in people (sometimes even when it's not there). It's a quality that is truly admirable and extraordinary. I'm thankful because you remind me constantly to look beyond what's on the outside. You pressure me to be a more pure version of myself, something that I still struggle with to this day. 


Jordy, you just make me laugh all the time. They say that laughter is the best medicine and you prove that. You join in on all of our silly inside jokes and you lighten the atmosphere. I usually catch you at bad times like when you're going to or coming from work but you always say hello which just shows how nice of a person you are. 


Ali, it's been such a fun time getting to know you over the course of this semester. I still remember one night you stayed up until 5:00 in the lounge just talking about really stupid stuff. You've taught me that sometimes you just have to not give a fuck and just have fun. It's really refreshing to experience that and I think everyone needs that at some points. 


Emily, I'd argue that you are the real mom of the group. You're stern and pretty intimidating but once I got to know you, there was a softer and more sensitive side that you try to keep hidden. You also try not to laugh at the dumb jokes that are told, which makes them even more hilarious. I also remember when you told me how to eat Oreos with a fork. I'm thankful for you because you keep me grounded. You're almost always serious which is a good quality when I need someone to talk to. 


Ryan, I think out of all the interactions that we've had, only three of them have been without homework in your hand. Yet, somehow you manage to be social every time and always end up getting a laugh out of me. If you've shown me anything this semester, it's that a good work ethic is something to invest in. You're often the most rational person in many situations and so I can always count on you for good advice. 


Anthony, I'm thankful for you because you showed interest and concern about something that many people would have overlooked. It's funny because up until a few days ago I would not have considered us close friends. You've taught me to have confidence in myself and that some things are perceived differently by others than oneself. You're extremely intellectual and I can fully appreciate the conversations that we've had. 

Austin and Austin

I've decided to combine this section because what I have to say applies to both of you. Firstly, I would just like you both to know how much you've done for me this semester. In my opinion, this is the semester when we all truly became friends. All three of us knew each other before this fall, but during these past two months I've opened up to you guys countless times, just as you've both done to me. I can still remember very clearly when we sat in Austin's room and I cried for about half an hour and we just talked. Thank you for having my back constantly. Thank you for keeping me in line. Thank you for all the silly pranks and dumb jokes. Thank you for being the best possible friends you can be.


After finishing these paragraphs it's become painfully clear to me that I haven't done any one of these important individuals justice. I cannot fathom the idea of breaking down every interaction and attempting to convert it into comprehensible thoughts for someone to read. There's just so much more to an individual than a paragraph on a website. Each one has their own mannerisms, their own facets to their personality. I can't translate that into words. What I can do, however, is to give them an idea, maybe a fraction of an idea, of how much they've impacted me. And knowing that I've attempted this, I can now pay it forward by being the best friend that I can be. 


Published by Jack Beck