It’s Sunday, April 29th, 2018. My last Sunday in Starkville, the place I have grown to know and love as I do my hometown. My last night to sleep in a tiny twin size bed in Oak Hall that rattles every time you move. My last time to live under the same roof as so many of my best friends that I didn’t know existed nine months ago. And well, my last 24 hours as a Mississippi State Student.
I’ve put this off for as long as I can remember because I am still in denial that I have to leave this place that I love so much. Not because of grades, money, or that I didn’t absolutely love it here, but because God has another plan. If you haven’t heard, I won’t be coming back to MSU next year because of not only State not having my major, but any school in Mississippi. I will be taking online classes through the College of Court Reporting located in Indiana while residing in Hattiesburg, MS with two of my high school best friends. I know without a shadow of a doubt that God wants me to do this and that He will bring blessing out of it. As much as I don’t want to leave Starkville, MS, I am excited for my new adventure.
Enough rambling on about my future plans.. I’d like to talk a little bit (maybe a lot) more about why I fell in love with Mississippi State and all that it offers. First semester was a little rocky (as it is for most) coming from a small high school compared to this huge university. I came here knowing only a handful of people, leaving the town that has my heart, my huge friend group that I didn’t spend a second without, and my family that was always there for me. Throughout the first semester, I struggled through times where I was lonely, homesick, and didn’t feel like I was making friends fast enough. Over Christmas break, I prayed and prayed that second semester would be different. I prayed for a solid friend group who were like me, loved Jesus like me, and accepted me for who I was. My gosh were my prayers answered. The SECOND day back in Starkville after Christmas break, me and a few girls (who I had barely ever spoken to) got together and watched the National Championship game. Well, the rest is history. God answered my prayer in bigger ways than I could’ve ever imagined. Since that night, I haven’t gone a day without seeing them. I haven’t felt alone once. I haven’t missed home near as much (sorry mom).
These people are my shelter, my shoulders to cry on, my laughs until tears, my ice cream dates, my sisters in Christ and Phi Mu, my 2 AM heart to hearts, my bridesmaids, my answered prayers. I don’t know how in the world I survived before them and don’t want to know. This summer and the next few years of my life spent apart from them will without a doubt be one of the hardest things I’ve ever faced. They’ve all guaranteed me a spot in their apartments next year though ;).
To my girls: I love each of you as if I’ve known you my whole life. You have changed my life forever and for the better. You are my heaven sent best friends and forever will I be grateful for you. I’ll be speeding to Starkville every weekend next semester so you better be ready. Please never ever forget me (and don’t kick me out of the group message).
Anna Claire C- my heart. my secret keeper. what did i ever do without you? we have gone from being strangers and me not following you on IG to inseparable best friends in just 5 months. eat plenty of noodles and stax for me ❤ i expect a facetime everyday
Mckenzie H- my encourager. my go-to when im hungry and no one else will eat with me. i look up to you more than you know and im so thankful to have a friend who is so much like me. ily and snocones ❤
Kayne W- my chicken. my laugh when i wanna cry. the coolest and funniest gal i know. thank u for laughing and making jokes with me about things we both dont care about 😉 call me when you get annoyed ❤ LIOBLIOBLIOBLIOB
Olivia D- the life of the party. the one who never fails to make everyone laugh. i think i’ve grown abs from laughing so hard at you every single night. eat some arkansas green beans for me. REDSNDEDS 4EVA ❤
Randa N- my missouri gal. thank you for appreciating country music and letting me borrow your clothes. run some miles on that treadmill for me and save me a spot in hathorn. i love you and sorry for making fun of you for wearing makeup to the gym. ❤
Anna Claire B- where have you been all my life. you are the loudest and the spunkiest of us all. sorry you had to live in mag but thx for coming to oak every night 🙂 see u at the lake my girl ❤
Ashton C & Ashton D- i love you both. CC & DD better still be a thing when were 80. some of my best times here at state were spent with you two. ily
Anna Kate & Mary Elliott- the only reason i made it through first semester. thank you for all of our fun times and especially athens. cant wait for our moms to reunite at our weddings. ❤
Emily P- my twin. so thankful to have met you on big/little and love you ever since. keep our family going strong ❤
Gracy & Mary Grace- i cant wait to visit yall’s apartment next year!!! mg, thx for keeping me sane the first month of school. gracy, you light up any room you walk in and may you one day find those sunglasses.
to so many more- thank you for making MSU and Phi Mu what it is. there are so many people at this place that i love and adore so much. i could never thank you enough!!!!!