Well...this is it. My last Honors blog, perhaps forever, unless I have to blog during capstone, but that's not for another couple of years at least. These past two years have been a journey, to say the least. To quote Larry the Cucumber: "I laughed, I cried...it moved me, Bob."
Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. - from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Really, I did not know what to expect from Honors. No one seemed to know what it was, even my admissions counselor. I'm still not quite sure what it is. My band director may have said it best when I explained it to him: "So it's basically like a super-humanities course, then?" Yes, Prof. Isaakson, that's kind of what it was. But it was also so much more. It became family. True, there were times where I complained...broke down...fell into despair because it consumed my life...but in the end, it was worth it. In a way, this last blog is kind of a thank you letter to various people...
To Professor Rock, Maggie, and all the girls at EAG: this project pushed me in so many ways, but I suppose it was good for me, no matter how much it hurt. Maggie, you helped teach me one of the most valuable lessons a person can learn: to learn from the rejection and work even harder! Thank you for pushing me.
To all of the guest professors we have had these past two years: it was truly enjoyable to learn from all of you, although some things *cough statistics cough* were out of my league. Under normal circumstances, I most likely would never have had many of you for a professor; each of you had something different to teach and I enjoyed all of the different perspectives I saw.
To Papa and Mama Schuler: wow...where do I even begin? The two of you are the Honors program. Even though I've probably spent way too much time with the two of you these past two years, I have (mostly) enjoyed every minute of it. Papa, when I first applied for Honors I remember you telling me that the Honors kids became like a family, and that was true; little did I know that the two of you would become to center of it. I think one of the things that I struggled with the most was being taught to think "out of the box" one semester, and then spend the next semester being put back into that box and kind of re-learning everything I had learned the previous semester. Even though that was very painful and frustrating, it has made me put a lot more thought and effort into how I view the world. Both of you have really been an inspiration to me; I believe you are the only two teachers I have ever had who I have felt completely comfortable being a bit snarky with, both in writing and in person. :) I will miss both of you...until capstone, that is...muwhahahaha, you can't get rid of me THAT easily!
To Danielle: I remember first reading your blog the summer before freshman year and being like, "That girl likes music and camp! We're going to be best friends!" And guess what...we are. (Even though I might have creeped you out a bit when I told you that you looked like Ashley Tisdale.) You are a wonderful roommate, study-buddy, dish-dryer, listener...when one or both of us were freaking out about something (usually either camp or Honors related) we support each other, and you have no idea what that means to me. Sorry if you regret me talking you out of quitting Honors last year...but honestly, I wouldn't have made it without you. .."Lean on me, when you're not strong, I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on, for it won't be long till I'm gonna need somebody to lean on..."
To Heather: You and your sarcasm and Hispanic-ness and randomness make my life. You have (truly) opened my eyes to a lot of the global epicness in life, even though in some ways you are whiter than sour cream. I always enjoy hearing your stories about La Op and Lake Street and your hippies on the bridge. Also, thank you for doing some things with my project this year...more than anyone else, it was you who really helped pick me up when I felt at the end of my rope with that. I will miss you and all of your random snarkiness next spring when you're away being all Costa Rican and stuff, until we get to be roomies senior year. But well, whatever, I can watch movies on Pay-per-View whenever I close my eyes, and I invented air, so every time you breathe you owe me ten cents, just so though...
To Phil: For the last time...no, I don't hate you. I just enjoy giving you crap because you can both take it and dish it back to me. I love how we give each other updates on the Twins games during Honors. (I TOLD you they would sign Joe Mauer! HA!)
To the rest of my fellow Gammas, Anna, Josie, Sarah, Jessie, Felicia, and Brian: WE DID IT! You guys really have become family. Although we all might go separate ways, each and every one of you guys are going to do something amazing. I'm dead serious...if any of you guys ever need anything, let me know, and I'll do the best I can to help. Gammas fo-eva!
To the Deltas (Anna, Jackie, Kyle, David, Jay, Daniel and Carrie): I have gotten to know so many of you so well. Never before in Honors history have two classes bonded together so closely. Each of you are so different from one another, but despite all of your individual quirks you're all amazing. I regret not actually having a "smack-down" with Kyle that last class period, but it's still been pretty fun (even though we all know I would have won that anyway... :D). It's been awesome to "mentor" you guys. If you ever need any advice for next year, let me know. Good luck...you're going to need it...muwhahahahahaha
And finally, to the One who gave it all: You are my everything. Thank You so much for being there by my side throughout these two years in Honors. Through Honors, you have taught me so much about Your everlasting love. I look forward to following You wherever You lead me these next years. :)
Well...I guess that about says it all. Even though some of us are now going to split ways, you have all left footprints on my heart. No matter how far we go, we'll always be an Honors family...And now, since I'm an English major, I think I'm going to let one of my favorite authors, JRR Tolkien, have the final word. God bless you all!
The Road goes ever on and on