...also, i s'pose i can't ignore that pic on the right... the truth is out... i worked in the caf freshman year. i still remember those hours that never ended wiping tables and working the dishroom... but one time, i saw people from IV sitting at a table (coral was the only one i remember being there) but i was chatting with them for a little while and then i left to clean more tables, and when i came back to where they were sitting, they had left and on the table they made a heart and an "a" out of salt. you guys, seriously, i was ridiculously touched by that, ha! that made my whole day! you have to understand, i thought these people were the coolest and all i wanted was friends.
how i remember freshman alexi:
i was sad a lot and felt really lonely.
i hid behind shows on netflix and eating way too much peanut butter in my room.
i missed my family all the time.
i was terrible at talking about myself (ask amy fredman... it was reaaaal bad.)
i thought about a boy from home all the time and that made it even harder to be at school.
i cried in class sometimes when they said harsh things that went against everything i believed in.
but i can say i am a completely transformed person from what i was then! it's unreal. i love looking back as a senior now. i know God is in me because of the ways He saw who He made me to be and called that out. He never left me, not once! praise upon praise upon praise! i hope that the next four years bring about as much transformation as i have experienced in these last four years. and the next four years, and the next, and the next.
also, i just wanted to say, if you're reading this and you walked alongside me freshman year, i want to extend the most sincere gratitude to you for whatever part you played in shaping who i am today. i am not the same because of how the LORD has used you in my life. thanks doesn't seem to cut it, and i'd like to say it in person, but gosh, thanks! thanks for loving me through all of my junk and insecurities. people like you help me know the LORD better.