Going to London, I knew a few people from Pitt in my program, but wasn’t living with any of them. When I opened the door on Wednesday morning, all I knew about my living arrangement was that I would be arriving to new roommates from across the country whom I knew little to nothing about, and would living with in the Earl’s Court neighborhood of London for the entirety of the program. It’s a little cliché to say that these strangers became some of my best friends over four months, but it’s true. This is an open letter and appreciation post to them, without whom my time in London would not have been complete. It is my honor to call you forever friends and roommates, or as the kids like to call nowadays, “froomies”.
To Ellie, Dani, Kirsten, and Parker –
Thank you. Thank you for the hugs, the nights out on the town, and for being adventurous with me. You helped me to explore places I would have never been, try foods I would have never gotten the opportunity to try, and see the hidden gems most people spend a lifetime trying to find. Thank you for the late night chats, the midnight snack runs to Sainsbury’s, laughing at my terrible jokes, sharing your food with me, helping me keep my sanity, and being the best cheerleaders and supporters of everything I did. For the first time in my college career, I looked forward to coming home everyday. You made the tiniest flat in London for way too many people just that – a home. No matter what we had dealt with in work or school that day, you were there to listen. We became our own family away from our own families; I was so happy to see each one of you succeed in what you did, whether it was kicking butt at work, running into someone on the street you had been admiring for following for years and finally got to talk to, or even just having a great day.
(In alphabetical order)
Ellie – Ms. Eleanore. You have opened my eyes to so many things. Your intelligence is astounding. You never failed to ask about everyone’s day or share a meme to brighten all of our days. You have a heart of gold.
Dani – You are stronger thank you think, and have ambition enough for the both of us. You give amazing hugs, are a pleasure to be around, and I can’t wait to see where life takes you.
Kirsten – You have bloomed on this trip. Our shared love of food and deals bonded us together from the very beginning. Thanks for being my Primark buddy and always making us laugh with your two pents every now and then.
Parker – Parker Bear. Also the meme queen, you have expanded my vocabulary to words such as ‘trudy’ and so many music videos. Your southern charm will take you so far, and I would be lost without your warm heart and silly stories.
If you ever feel small in the world and wonder if you’re making an impact, know that you’ve at least made one on me. Each of you were a pivotal part of my time abroad, and an important puzzle piece in my life.
All the love in the world,