Temporary Goodbyes

by i2i Guest Blogger, Hannah Gravitt aka XC Girl . . . the sophomore

It’s that time of year again. You know the one; the time that you simultaneously anticipate and dread all year long. It’s the last day of school.

You anticipate it because FINALLY all of the work is OVER! Yet at the same time, you dread it because it means missing out on the hours of guaranteed time with your friends everyday. And even more so in college, because it means going almost 4 months without seeing your friends who live across the country, or even worse who live halfway around the world.

I never imagined that I would become so close to people in such a short time. This freshman year seemed like a blink, and I suspect the next 3 years will go even faster. As I look back over the last year, it has been marked by so many memories. All those people who say “the college years are the best of your life” certainly know a thing or two. I wouldn’t trade the last year for anything!

I’m so grateful to have had an incredible roommate, so many new friends, and an overall great “freshman experience.”  I’m already looking forward to coming back this fall, and we haven’t even left yet.

Now comes the hard part.  Taking everything home – the person you’ve become, the memories you’ve made, everything you’ve learned, and figuring out how to relate it to the people you love and miss from home. Because reality is that things have changed, and the stories that are sooo funny here probably won’t mean too much to the people back home.

But that’s the fun part. It is, in and of itself, a learning experience. It’s learning how to be the daughter or son, brother or sister, and friend that you were before, while staying true to who you are as a result of college. It may be the greatest adventure of my freshman year, overcoming the divide between here and there.

However much I may dread the day of goodbyes here, I am looking forward to the summer! I have no doubt there will be many sweet reunions with the people I couldn’t imagine leaving this time last spring. There will be cookouts, pool parties, road trips, and many other fun times!

And best of all after sweet summertime, there’s looking forward to . . . the first day of school.

i2i,

Hannah

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Shooter

9 years ago

So proud of you…no doubt your Dad is too!!

Randy

9 years ago

Like a Hickory High Friday night!

Scott Humphrey

9 years ago

Great insite Hannah. Wisdom beyond your years.Glad to see your Dad’s trust in you and his willingness to occasionally pass the torch. Here’s wishing God’s Blessing on your Summer, your College Career, and your life. It is obvious you are already off to a great start!

Joe Opsatnick

9 years ago

Very well written Hannah! The best is yet to come. Your family is very proud of you as is your Crossroads family.

Randy

9 years ago

Her Dad is bananas over her!

Coach McAllister

9 years ago

When I grow up…. I want to be just like Hannah!!

Randy

9 years ago

Me too Coach!

Randy

9 years ago

Thanks Scott!

Tommy Two-Tone

9 years ago

Great job Hannah! Savor the moments both here and there…they all go by so quickly! You inspire me and I look forward to seeing great things from you.

Randy

9 years ago

Time flies Thom!

Valerie Burrell

9 years ago

Hannah –
You are such a beautiful young lady! I’m so glad that your first year of college was so awesome for you! It will be good to see you around this summer! Be sure to come by and see us @ Fusion!!!

Paul

9 years ago

Hannah,
If you start missing the “college town” this summer you can allways come and spend a weekend with us!

Paul

9 years ago

Hannah,
If you start missing the “college town” this summer you can allways come and spend a weekend with us!
Randy,
Have you noticed how many reply’s Hannah has recieved? People may be trying to tell you something!

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