Wow… I never actually thought I’d see the day. Maybe that’s part of being the youngest of five siblings. I mean no matter how old I get, I will always be the baby. But there is something beautiful in that. I know I always have people looking out for me, who have my back. I used to hate that, and I’m finally starting to realize how wonderful that reality truly is. This year has been full of so many wonderful life- altering experiences that I wouldn’t change for the world. I had the best summer of my life, I went to prom with an unexpected date who has turned into a great friend, I gained and lost and regained friendships, I met some of the greatest people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, I applied to college, got accepted to college, started my senior year, I’ve grown in my faith, in relationships, in confidence, and in knowledge, but greatest of all I’ve been changed for the better through all of these experiences. So, turning eighteen, do I feel any different? The answer is no, but do I feel as if I’m a different person than I was a year ago? yes. I am so blessed to have the friends and family that I do and because of them I am able to be the person I am today. SO, thank you.