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A wonderful surprise: the farewell to Moriah House

Vaseline 2 months ago

I don’t feel like I came to Florida State University yesterday; actually it seems like a lifetime ago. I have grown and evolved tremendously since I first stepped onto this campus in 2019. This university has changed my life in ways I never expected, and it has been an amazing surprise every step of the way.

I didn’t even consider attending FSU until the spring of my senior year of high school, well into the time when the university was making decisions. The opportunity quickly presented itself and within a few weeks everything went smoothly. Looking back, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t know anything about FSU. I had never set foot in Florida. But it just felt right, so I went with it. And I am forever grateful that I did.

I would not be where I am today without the invaluable guidance and endless patience of my family, friends, and countless people at this university. I am eternally grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout my FSU journey. It hasn’t always been easy – there was a global pandemic, for example – but even in the most difficult of times, I have always felt safe, supported and welcome here.

FSU has given me many things, but two of the best are my passions for anthropology and writing. When I came to FSU, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. For some inexplicable reason, I decided to study athletics. No shade for athletic training, but it’s not for me. I soon realized I was wrong and switched to anthropology.

Anthropology is, at its most basic level, the study of what makes us human. I love anthropology for many reasons, not least because I sometimes feel like I don’t understand how to be human. As I’ve learned, this doesn’t make me special; probably everyone feels this way sometimes. Studying anthropology has expanded my worldview and opened my eyes to the beautiful diversity of ways of being human that exist among other people.

Writing and anthropology are the best ways I can understand the world around me, turning seemingly random observations into coherent stories. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I never really pursued it until my junior year at FSU. I started writing for the Honors Newsletter, which led to a summer editorial internship and eventually ended up at FSView.

Writing has enriched my life immeasurably. It has broadened my perspective, connected me to amazing people and given me the power to make my voice heard. Writing can be frustrating and stressful. It often feels like shouting into a void, and it’s certainly not the most financially lucrative career path. But as the words flow through my head, I experience a sense of commitment unmatched by anything else. And in the end, the feeling of having written something I’m proud of makes it all worth it.

I am especially grateful to FSView for challenging me to serve as editor of the Views section. This role pushed me rudely out of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow exponentially as a person and as a writer. A year ago I never would have expected to be in a leadership role, but it has been incredibly rewarding and it really makes me feel better.

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of approaching adulthood. Even though I feel like I joined FSU forever ago, the fact that I’m leaving still doesn’t seem real. But when I take a step back, I realize that I’m more than ready for the next chapter of my life (after all, I’ve had a bachelor’s degree for five years).

Leaving the safety and support of the university environment is terrifying, but I know that FSU will always be a part of me and will continue to influence my journey for the rest of my life.

I’m still not sure what I’ll do after graduation (a source of a lot of anxiety). I hope to travel and see more of the world that Florida State University has opened my eyes to. I know I will continue to write, read and learn. I can only hope that whatever comes next is half as great a surprise as FSU.