josiegrossie69 (josiegrossie69) wrote,

The Time of My Life

I'm sorry I don't have anything substantial to give to you guys, but I figured this was next best thing. I cannot believe this experience has finally come to an end. It honestly does feel like just yesterday I was getting to know people on the porch and around college hall. I did not expect to get as close to so many people as I did. I suppose I expected to make a few casual friends here and there minus the everlasting friendship part. I was wrong. I will be leaving New Zealand with some of the best friendships created in the shortest amount of time, and I believe strongly that you all made this experience for me. Had it not been for you, I don't think I would have had the fun or seen the places that I did. I am sad to leave this beautiful country with its glowing green hills and amazing landscape, but none of that would mean anything without you. I wish we could live here in college hall with each other forever, but unfortunately time and reality say no. Although we have to say our goodbyes throughout the next couple days, I have much faith that we will all see each other again soon. We've grown together over the past four months as a family (or herd) - there's always someone to talk to, someone to make you laugh, and someone waiting with a shoulder to cry on - and in reality, we really aren't that far from each other, the distances are minute compared to those from home to the other side of the world (a.k.a, NZ). So take away from this experience not the bad times, or the dramas, or the ever-present gossip, but the memories created in good times only: the late nights at the home, laughing til your stomach hurt, card games, weekend/week-long road trips, staying in the dining hall way past dinner, Jan, etc. Remember how we became friends, and those who wove everyone together. Remember those you are leaving behind and that each one of you has left a very large imprint on their hearts, especially mine. I will miss each of you terribly, but when I think of New Zealand, I will ALWAYS think of you guys. I love each of you with all my heart, and I cannot wait to reunite again, whether it be at good ol' LVC or California, or Rhode Island, wherever. I hope you all were able to have the experience of a lifetime as I have. Continue to laugh often and much, my dear friends, and I will see you all again SOON.

Rhys: Who would've thought that our Mt. Maunganui "photo guy" would turn out to be such a great friend? I'm so glad we adopted you. You were the first person to step into LVC territory, and started a trend that I am so thankful for. You are a wonderful person and a really good guy. I'm so glad we were able to share the hating of Earth Science together. I look forward to your visits to LVC and possibly the Harbor?? haha who knows...I'll keep my CB on just in case though. :)

Holly: I am so glad we became friends on this trip!I feel as though I love having you around because you can always make me laugh, and I think it's important to have people like you in my life. You are so easy going and easy to get along with. Your silly expressions and kind spirit are contagious. It seems like everyone is all smiles when you're around. You have the ability to brighten anyone's day if they are feeling at all down, and I think that is one of the best characteristics about you. I also look forward to your visit to LVC, as well as going out to California for Price is Right and skydiving. You're a great person Holly, and I'm thankful that I met you! LP+HW= <3<3 (haha), I like (insert noun here), I do also, I do as well!

Jon: If you weren't around, I don't know who would fill the shoes of the person who picks on me (and everyone else for that matter)! haha. I'm glad you were the guy who came from LVC. I like that you get my jokes and make me laugh. Your sarcasm, although harsh at times, is needed, I believe, to keep us going. I'm glad we became friends on this trip and I look forward to seeing you when you come to visit us at LVC.

Liz: My other half! I am soooo glad we became friends! Most people don't understand us when we're together most of the time, but we understand, and that's all that matters! We've shared some pretty funny times here, and I believe most of them are documented in the quote book: "he like, dropped it", "get in the car! but everybody's doing it! NOW! Ok..", "I think I love you!!", "yeah, to see Santa!", and so many more. I truly value your friendship Liz. I think our personalities are a lot alike, and that's why we became friends. I know I can talk to you about anything, and I cherish that. I look forward to next semester at LVC when we can hang out, as well as the concert. We're gonna have fun times this summer and next year!

Paul: I think you're awesome. Another funny character who I love. You crack me up with dancing at the Home bar. And your patience with me while I am intoxicated is astounding. lol. I like how you always see the bright side of things, even if it means taking a picture of a struggling Liz to make everyone laugh. You always seem to be happy and that makes me happy. I think everyone would agree that your friendly and kind attitude makes college hall a better place. I'm not worried about saying goodbye to you because you will be in PA next semester, so I will surely see you at LVC when you come visit!

Katie: You have such a big heart, always thinking of other people and making them feel important. Unfortunately there aren't enough people like you in the world, so I feel extra lucky to have met you. You are a great friend and I know I can count on you for anything, from advice to a shoulder to cry on or a hug. I like how you are so friendly to everyone and so willing to help in a time of need. With you around everyone is sure to be taken care of. I know we'll meet up again, whether you come to LVC or LVC comes to you. You're an amazing person and I'm glad to have you as a part of my life.

Jenny: The wise ol'/crazy Aunt of the group. You are a great person to talk to Jenny. You are always willing to listen and to offer advice. You are very intelligent and strong-willed and I think both of those characteristics will take you far in life. I like that you can be silly one minute, and then help everyone regain control the next. You create a balance between everyone by helping us stay on track. You're a great friend. I think next year will be awesome since you will only be one floor above me! Good times are coming and we have a lot to look forward to, including road trips and weddings! So I'm glad we became friends.

Here's a little something to wrap it all up. I know we don't really want it to end, and that this leaving time is hard, but it really was worth all the while. In no time we'll all be back at our homes, recouping from jet lag and emotions running wild, and normalcy will take place again. New Zealand will be a memory, so cherish it now to make it last in the future. I heart you guys muchly.

Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go
So make the best of this test
And don't ask why
It's not a question
But a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable
But in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs
And still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf of
Good health and good time
Tattoos of memories
And dead skin on trial
For what it's worth
It was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable
But in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

It's something unpredictable
But in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

It's something unpredictable
But in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

4 months of spending money in NZ: $3000
Going out every Thursday night: $500
Creating an Art Gallery: $45
Making friends with some of the most amazing people in the world: Priceless

Goodybye, New Zealand. You will be missed.
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Leah, You are such an AWESOME person and I'm so glad we became friends!!! I feel like I've known you for YEARS!!! I also look forward to spending time with you this summer and at LVC next year!!! You will forever be in my heart as "Asian's Friend." Remember, AFF!!! I think I love you!!!!!!!