When it comes to my favorite moment being at Syracuse so far, it doesn't have to do with the classes, freedom or the campus, but meeting and being with the special people that I have met over the past year and a half here.
Prior to coming to Syracuse the only people that I knew were the kids that I grew up with since elementary school. The reputation that we all had to fulfill and the role that we had to play was gradually assigned throughout the years being side by side with one another. Everyone knew each other and how we were all like as toddlers, pre-teens and as teenagers. Where I'm from (Illinois) it's commonly seen that the kids attend in state colleges after high school and that they continue being in the same friend group.
However, eager to meet different people and experience the world outside of Chicago I made the bold decision to step out of my sheltered bubble and go to college in New York. With all the nervous thoughts I had before coming to Syracuse I can now confidently say that it was the best decision I ever made yet.
Attending Syracuse University and meeting kids from various states who grew up in diverse environments was a whole new experience of itself. In my current friend group at Syracuse I'm the only one who isn't from the East or West coast. While I would usually feel left out or scared that I wouldn't have a partner in Chicago. These wonderful group of people opened their arms to me and embraced me for who I really am. Growing together through day to day events with my new friends is something that I would never give up. The thought that I never knew these people a year and a half ago is unimaginable, as they're such a big part of my life now. Each and every one of them has such a big heart and is unique in their own ways and the person I am today is because of them.
Even though my hometown is in Chicago and we all return to our own states for the summer. The idea that we'll all reunite again at our special "hometown" for the fall and that we'll be together once again is my favorite moment here at Syracuse.