“UC Davis you have been too good to me. Through you, I’ve developed life long friendships. I’ve learned the importance of relationship, of community, and of encouragement. I’ve met people who constantly see the good in me and never let me settle for believing in myself any less than I deserve. I’ve met people who call me Carmpoop, who like to literally pick me up, who literally sit on me, who make me laugh until my stomach hurts, and who go out of their way to make sure that I know that I am special. I used to believe that I was easily invisible, easily lost in a crowd, and easily overlooked. But I’ve met people who will never let me think like that again. When I think of you, I’ll think of the many late nights I spent studying with friends, the adventures to Paris, Tahoe, Seattle, the inside jokes, the heartfelt prayers, but mostly, I’ll remember how fully God loves. Watching people love because they know and realize just to what depths God’s love reaches will inspire me for life. Thank you for encouraging me to be bold, for reminding me that I am seen, and for teaching me what family looks like.
The above features the literal snippet of what I used as my Facebook caption. Ed Ju is the most amazing friend, bible study leader, and photographer I have come to know and personally love. He took literally all of these photos for me, and I just wanted to share my special moment with you all!
I’m feeling super sentimental, even thought I won’t be leaving really. I have a couple job offers for my gap year in Davis, but I still couldn’t help but tear up during my last academic lab course today. I know right? Who cries about lab? It’s not like I’ll miss working with bacteria or anything, but I mean…secretly, I kind of will.
Yeah, I don’t really know what we were doing during this photo above. But for some reason, I find it REALLY funny.
I am not normally a PDA (public displays of affection) kind of person, so I actually shouted to our photographer, “ED I AM UNCOMFORTABLE WITH BEING SO CLOSE TO HARRY IN FRONT OF YOU RIGHT NOW”. But you know what? This photo ended up being my favorite of the bunch. Hehe!
Fun fact, this was during a real live serenading session. Harry sang Gravity by John Mayer and I probably won’t tell him this too often because he never serenades me while staring deeply into my eyes (sounds romantic in theory but we both admit it’s a tad awkward because what am I supposed to do, smile at him for 5 minutes?), but it really did melt my heart a bit. Also featured below is my big fat bruise from running into my living room table. No nothing tripped me or anything, I just really am that clumsy.