I used to have 8234839234 million “friends.” And I put quotation marks around the word “friends” because I use that term so lightly.
College was a dream for me. While the school I went to wasn’t perfect, I was too enamored with it to notice it’s flaws while I was there, so I danced through those four years with a big fat smile on my face. Sure, I had plenty of tough times in college, namely some difficulty adjusting to the academic rigor of the school I went to and a couple of ugly relationships, but otherwise I was the girl who’d hijack the high school guests at your dinner party to convince them to think about applying to the place I loved so much.
A few months ago, a girl named Austen Dunn died suddenly from a brain aneurism. Austen was the kind of person everyone wants to know and wants to become. She was quietly and brilliantly talented, incredibly warm, and accepting of everyone who came into her path. She thought deeply and loved hard. Four weeks before she passed, I grabbed lunch with Austen and her best friend in a small coffee shop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where we talked about mental health and her aspirations to become a therapist. The world lost a wonderful human.
WOW! I am so honored and thrilled that the lovely Melissa Manning nominated me for a Liebster Award! Am I lucky or what? Melissa is such a sweet gal blogging about college, music, and all things life, and I learned so much about her in her Liebster Award post!
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the blogging world (and lol who would ever take the time to get familiar with the blogging world if you weren’t a blogger), the Liebster Award is passed along between novice bloggers. It helps veteran bloggers learn about new blogs they may not have heard of before and creates more cohesiveness in the blogging community. Ain’t that a nice thing?