This has been one of the most interesting finals weeks I’ve ever lived through, so much has gotten done, yet it feels like nothing has been really accomplished. At least I got to spend it with Olivia (who is sleeping soundly on my couch while I type this), which means the past three days have been memorable in the very least, and I’ve gotten to talk to the boy (which always makes me weirdly happy). All in all, if this how I was meant to end college, thank fucking hey-zeus, because I feel lucky to go out like this. Tis bittersweet, bittersweet indeed. :)
My theatre family, that is, and I nearly bawled my eyes out when I saw them before they walked. There’s something about a cap and gown, no matter how ridiculous the cap (ahem, Andy), that automatically makes a person appear more mature. There’s something beautiful about seeing a group of kids, that you’ve been with for the last four years, actually ready (or at least semi-ready) to embark on the final frontiere. They all looked so beautiful, so mature, and so poised for their commencement that I almost feel bad about crying in front of them.
It’s the hardest to see Alicia go though, I’m not even going to front about that. She and Jade -who carried the department banner! -were amongst my first and greatest friends in the department. And while it’s definitely hard to see Jade go, seeing Alicia go fucking makes me feel all the feelings. I’ve been through so much with the girl, from accidental friendship - our first adventure together getting to the Mark Taper our freshman year -, to living together our sophomore year - which was monumentally disastrous in it’s own right -, to falling apart, and eventually falling back into the beautiful relationship we both have come to this year - supporting each other, troofing, being there for each other when no one else could be there, and everything in between. We’ve been through it all girl. You’re one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had, and I’m so lucky to have you in my life. You have one of the most amazing tenacious and vivacious spirits, you’re the strongest woman I know, you’re intelligence and perception are unparalleled, and to top it all off you’re just the most gorgeous human being I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing (inside and out). I’m sad that you’re not going to be two steps away from me anymore, but I’m so excited for you to embark on the next leg of your journey - which is why I feel all the feelings, SO MANY FEELS- but I just want to remind you, and I’ll continue to do this well into our old age, that, “You are stronger than you know, smarter than you think, and more beautiful than you could ever imagine. And that I am both blessed and charmed to know you.” Thank you for letting me into your world. You’re one of a kind, baby.
So to Alicia, Jade, Andy, Abbie, Andrew, Eric, Robert, Chandra, Dylan, Alma, Melissa, Grace, Jorge, Jessica, LaCretia, David, and Daniel. Congratulations Guys, you fucking did it and I am so incredibly proud of you and I’m going to miss the hell out of [most] of you. :P
I know this isn’t goodbye, but so long is just as bittersweet. So, so long dear comrades, I hope to see you on the battlefields of theatre very soon, and I wish you the sweetest and best of journeys to your destinations ♥.