I think it’s finally starting to hit me. All of the lasts, the beginning of the goodbyes, finishing my senior design project, and the shrinking of my to-do list for the last time. Graduation is 12 short days away.
Last night, I went to the last chapter meeting for my fraternity as a active Brother. As I looked around the room and saw all of the faces of the people I have cared the most about for the past 4 years, it scared me so much knowing that I will be leaving them all soon. And yes, I know that I will be back just a couple weeks later and see most of them. But the reality is that after that trip, I will be back in Vermont until who knows when and I have no idea where I’m going to end up finding a job and when I will see all of my Brothers and fellow band members again.
As sad as it might sound, band and KKPsi has been my life for the past four years. I am so grateful that my mom did that college search one day back in 2007 for colleges in New England with a Marching Band. I am so grateful that Tim Fortin was in the band office that one day that I came to visit the campus and convinced me to come to UConn and join the band. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to join the drumline, become a Brother, make amazing friends, find my family away from home, and form friendships that I know will last a lifetime.
The past four years have been quite the roller coaster ride and it’s hard to believe that it’s all coming to a close. And now we move on to the real world, the scary part. I don’t know how long it will be, or what future holds for me, but I do know that I have had amazing experiences and I will always have these people to fall back on.
Brothers - Keep striving! You guys are going to do great things, I know it! Thanks for all the memories and all of the lessons each and every one of you have taught me, alumni and active.
Gamma Delta - Inverted pyramid, that pretty much captures it all. Thanks for all the great times and for helping me become the person that I am today.
Kevin - My best friend ever since that first week in Shippee. Thanks for always being there for me no matter what. I can’t imagine what college would have been like without you. I can’t wait to visit you at Pitt and see where your life takes you because I know you are going to do great things. Have a blast in Europe, and let’s do it again in 4 years when I actually have money.
Jarrett - From Quietest in the UCMB to best friends. Thanks for always being there for me over the past four years. Have a blast in Europe! You better visit Vermont…eventually!
Tom - What can I say? You have been the best little buddy, fellow cymbal player, Brother, and friend in the two short years that I have known you. Watching you grow into the person you are now and knowing that I was a part of it has been one of the best things ever. I can’t wait to continue to see all of the great things that you do. Thanks for letting me into your life and being there for me when I needed you too.
Martina - I treasure our date nights and I only regret that they didn’t start sooner. Good luck in medical school, even though you probably don’t need luck. Have a blast in Europe!
There are so many more people I wish I could thank, but I would be here all day. And I still have school work to finish! You know who you are!