“It well may be that
we will never meet again
in this lifetime, so
let me say before we part
so much of me is made
of what I learned from you.
You’ll be with me,
like a handprint on my heart.
And now whatever way
our stories end
You know you have
re-written mine by being my friend.”
to two of my best friends sing the above words nearly reduced me to tears.
Every year, Montgomery Scholars hosts a brunch to welcome the incoming class of
scholars. This weekend at the annual brunch, my friends sang For Good, a duet from the musical Wicked. The song perfectly encapsulates
mine and my friends’ feelings of gratitude and love for each other and MC. It
also serves as a poignant reminder that too soon we’ll be splitting off in
twenty-four different directions.
excitement, I discovered that my friends will be transferring to colleges
prestigious as Mount Holyoke, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and
University of Maryland College Park. As I myself prepare to become a Saint
Mary’s Seahawk (I have a sweatshirt now and everything) I am flooded with the
excitement of going someplace new where I will meet new people and be immersed
in a unique learning experience.
By the same
token, I have become increasingly aware that my undergraduate experience is
halfway done. Sometimes I wish I could freeze the moments when I watched
shooting stars in Harpers Ferry, when I expanded my horizons in Core, when I
first saw the Library of Congress, and when I basked in a Paris sunset with my
friends and picnicked in the shadow of the Eifel Tower.
certain it is not goodbye forever. Even if I never meet these people again,
they will always be with me; they are all a part of me, just as the moments I
have had with them are forever a part of me. Yet, I know things will never be
the same. We will part ways, meet new people, and in some ways, become new
people. These two years at MC have been an incredible gift, packed with a lifetime
worth of memories. That single moment in which all of our paths converged at MC
shines in my heart like the North Star over open seas.
guide me if ever I lose the way.