Here I go...Today I leave the place I have called home for four and a half years. As I hugged my friends and mom goodbye, I felt extreme sadness. On the other hand, I know that I have an exciting adventure ahead of me, that I need to take alone. If you were to ask me two years ago if I would do this, I would say absolutely not. Around that time, I went through a typical college "who am I" phase. I felt the need to "live" and "find me" which my first two years of college I wasn't allowing myself to do. The past two years I can truly say I have embraced opportunities and challenges I wouldn't have before. I am blessed with amazing friends and family, and have been able to enjoy college to the fullest. I have felt every emotion possible, and to me that means I'm alive. I have made some of the best and worst decisions of my life, and I know that I will continue to. I regret none of them, and I know that everything we go through is a part of us and how we grow as a person. I can't wait to continue to explore, learn, and grow in Alaska. Life is about taking opportunities, and dealing with things as they come. I believe God always has a plan bigger than ours, and it is important to trust in the journey.