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less than two weeks…

December 29, 2009

…until my life as a college student officially starts.  Ufta.  That’s the Norwegian in me coming out.  My emotions are as easily changeable as the Colorado weather-scape.  Some days I’m so freaking excited to start school…to enter the academic world…to engage new people…to expand my ideas.  Not to mention the fact that I don’t have to pay for any of it…so the pressure of loans and work-study aren’t weighing on me.  But the other days consist of my mourning the loss of the life I’ve known for the past five years.  Realizing I don’t have any trips planned for the upcoming months.  More than that, coming to grips with the fact that the people who have become family to me, my dearest and closest friends, won’t be around me on a day to day basis.  I’ve tried to tell myself that they’re all only a few minutes up the freeway and that I can see them anytime I want.  But in my heart I know that it’s not going to be the same.  That life is going to be radically different without them by my side everyday.  There’s no doubt in my mind that school is the next step for me, but it’s been a long time since a transition has been as painful as this one.

So in the coming days I’m choosing to cherish the last days of my “old” life.  To recognize the amazing friendships that I carry with me…remembering the beautiful days that I’ve had overseas that have challenged me to do something more.  And with those good things with me I walk forward with hope…knowing that greater things have yet to come…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael Lin permalink
    December 29, 2009 11:41 am

    It’s definitely a transition… glad you are able to recognize the moment. I think it’ll help you to cherish this time. 🙂 But yes, I’m excited for you for the road ahead!


  2. Denise Woods permalink
    December 29, 2009 11:55 am

    Yes, I’ve known those kind of good-byes. It even happens when a good friend still lives in the same town, but goes to a different church. It’s like a divorce of some kind. A really weird feeling. Know that your mom and dad love you and are praying for you.

    Just think of all the new people our Candace will be able to bless with her presence! The “light-up-the-room” smile you have, and your infectious laugh. That’s the better way to look at this…you’re gaining new friends. Yes, the old ones are there…but if you travel up the freeway too much you might not get your studying done! 😉

    Love you,

    ❤ Mom


  3. Emily Catalalano permalink
    December 29, 2009 3:29 pm

    I like that you have a blog.

    I don’t think your transition will be as painful as you think. It’s obvious that this is the natural next step for you, so it’ll go smoothly.

    Love ya!


  4. December 29, 2009 10:18 pm

    I like that you all believe in me 🙂


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