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A Semester Apart

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A Semester Apart
Kevin Stoltenborg

Fun fact about me: I have the greatest friends ever. Seriously, I do. I never expected that I would be so close to anyone in college. It's hard for me to find people that I feel comfortable being myself around—I've only had one or two friends like that in the past. So you can imagine how lucky I feel to have an entire group of friends who love me for all of my craziness.

And, not only do they accept me and let me be a goof, they encouraged me to explore a part of myself that I was previously scared to breach. Through them, I've found myself, and I'm so certain that this is who I'm meant to be. Sure, it's different from what my conservative family would like to see, but I know that I've made the right decision.

Next semester, my friends will be abroad. I applied to a program, and I got in, but traveling has always made me anxious. I like to find my little corner of the world and call it home. I love my jobs and my campus. I love being a train ride away from Broadway, and, somehow, I feel at ease in the chaos that is the Bronx.

So I didn't want to leave. I'm excited about my courses, Spring Weekend, and everything else that my semester will hold, but I know that it will be lonely. I'll miss having people to talk to at the end of a long day—people I can be honest with no matter the circumstance. Relaxing on the couch to a game of Quiplash or just a talk about our day always made any struggle worthwhile. They understand my anxiety, and I know that any other relationships I make during the semester won't be that special.

There are so many moments that we're together when I find myself in awe of how lucky I am to have them in my life. I will never take them for granted, and I'll miss them more than they know. I didn't expect myself to cry so much during the goodbye. I don't cry much in general, but something about leaving them made the tears uncontrollable. I felt like an idiot, but I realize how lucky I am to have people to miss. I'm already counting down the days until I see them again.

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