A Thank You Letter To Merrimack College

A Thank You Letter To Merrimack College

To the place that I have called home for the past four years.
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The time has come for me to finally part ways with the place that I have called home for the past four years. It feels like just yesterday I was begging my parents to turn the car around on move in day and telling them that no matter what they did I was not getting out of the car. When I entered my freshman year, everyone told me that the next four years of my life would fly by and they sure did.

In two weeks I will walk across that stage in front of faculty, friends, and family to get my diploma and finally call myself a college graduate. Coming to college, I never imagined that I would be upset to leave. I also never would have imagined being where I am today, and I have Merrimack to thank for that.

Thank you Merrimack, for giving me a healthy environment to learn in and be challenged. The variety of classes that I was able to take pushed me outside of my comfort zone and challenged me in ways I never thought possible.

Thank you for giving me opportunities. Being able to speak in the opening for Admitted Students Day infront of thousands of people is something I never would have imagined being able to do. Studying abroad in London, presenting at achievement conferences, getting field placements at my dream locations, holding leadership positions in the organizations I was involved in, the list goes on. These opportunities that I was given helped shaped me into the person that I am today and I cannot thank you enough for that.

Thank you for giving me chances to get involved. I was able to find my place in Orientation, Zeta Tau Alpha, Ambassador Program, Student Conduct Bard, Love your Melon and so many more. Getting involved made my time here that much more memorable and I cannot begin to express how grateful I am. I found a family and lifelong friendships because of them.

Thank you to the professors and faculty who supported, advocated, and pushed me along the way. It was so comforting to know that you were always there for me and that I was able to build strong relationships with everyone that works here — you have given me the drive that I now possess.

Thank you for giving me a home; something that makes saying goodbye so hard. The place that I knew I could come back to and be welcomed with open, loving arms. The friends that I have made here are ones that I know will last a lifetime and they are truly the people that became my family. Lastly Merrimack, thank you for giving me memories of a lifetime and for exceeding all of my expectations. You have left a huge footprint in my heart and I will cherish these memories wherever I go.


Cover Image Credit: Briana Tierney

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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When You Decide You Don't Love Me Anymore

I'll forgive you.

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I never thought I would write this, but I feel like I have to: there will come a day where you won't love me anymore. This won't be a sad day, but instead a day I have waited for all along. You see, they all leave and that is perfectly okay. People may not be meant to be in my life for all of it, not in any of our lives but this is normal and although initially saddening it is a part of our lives and inevitably part of our journey.

When this time comes I want you to know that we did our best, that we were in fact in love once and that we had hoped it would blossom into a lifetime commitment but it didn't and I accept that and will respect you always. I know you did not wake up one day out of the blue and stop loving me, I know this feeling grew over time in your heart and that it was not something you planned on. I respect this.

You were the only person I trusted and the one I loved the most, but nothing lasts forever and I hope you can understand there is no animosity here and certainly, no stone left unturned. We just are not those kinds of people, we would have tried everything to keep our love burning bright and tried for quite a while to understand where the cracks began so that could fix them, it just isn't that simple. Love is a long complicated process, you know that and falling in love with me couldn't have been easy, I am misunderstood and stubborn as all hell and I am FULLY aware of that but that does not mean I didn't try to ease up on you, I promise I did my best.

I have always done my best to understand you, to make you happy, to keep the flame alive, but it has been extinguished. Love does that sometimes, it is there one day burning bright and then it slowly starts to dim with every fight, every unrequited "I love you" and every day passing by in which we spoke less and less about the things that mattered and more and more about worthless things.

This is all okay, it is a season of life, a part of our lives in which we do suffer but one we must grin and bear. I want you to know that I will always love and care for you, although it is now in a much different way, now we no longer look at each other with doting eyes and open hearts but instead with the freedom to let go and move on.

It is time for us to go on with our lives and find a new adventure, one that will light our hearts on fire instead of continuing to snuff our joint flame. You will always be in my memory and a huge part of my life that I once had but I accept that it's over and that time sometimes wears on things as it has worn on us.

You are the love of my life and that is truly the reason I must forgive you.

Goodbye, my love.

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