Inspirations & Appreciations
This page is to pass on my many thanks and much deserved appreciation to some of the people that have made me who I am today. While this list is by no means exhaustive (I could go on for pages and pages about the friends and colleagues who have made my life better), these people have repeatedly helped me professionally and personally to make myself a better student, professional, and person. When I needed guidance, support, recommendations, or even a shove to get myself going, these individuals took it upon themselves to lend their time and resources. Thank you so much for all that you have done. I couldn't be where I am today without you, and I will never forget what you have done for me. Everything I do is to make you all proud to have supported me in the first place.
Vera- How can I ever thank you enough for what you've done for me. Whether I was in need of help for coursework, letters of recommendation, guidance, or even an advisor for my final real estate development project...you were there. Your references of Jane Jacobs will never leave my side. In fact, you even inspired me to finally buy and read "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" front to back. Which by the way, I really enjoyed, and I'm not sure why I didn't read it sooner! I wish you well as you continue to turn planning students into future planning professionals.
Doug- Thank you for giving me a chance to work for you. I know you didn't have to choose me for your Development Associate position, but you took chance on me anyway. I hope that you found my services of good use at Antonoff & Co. It seems like a great family to be working for, and I look forward to future success of the projects we worked on. Thanks again for allowing me to to actively participate and turn this internship into a truly informative experience.
BTB-Who would have thought looking like someone else would get me a job at the Career Center working for THE Byron Ballard or as some like to say "The man with an S on his chest". First off, I just want you to know that I appreciate you. Working at the career center was probably one of the best college jobs I could have ever had (I know, I know.. you had the best college job, working at the hotel/conference center, but I'm telling you..the career center trumps). I was able to do some much more with what I've been blessed with because of you and because of the career center. You truly took the time to encourage and guide my growth as a professional. You were the type of role model I needed to really start making strides to my full potential. When I needed someone to talk to... you were there. Your lessons will never be forgotten. "Stay off the pole", "Never tear down a fence until you know why it was put up in the first place", and "Don't get to far ahead of your own troops" to name a few. Thank you so very much for your time, energy, and thoughtfulness. Ball State is lucky to have you as one of their leaders.
Care Bear- While the time that I got to spend with you was short-lived, I will never forget you and all the times you helped me through stressful days and nights. I think back to late nights at Bracken Library working hard on reports, projects, and other homework, and I remember just how crazy I would have went, if you weren't around to help lighten the mood. Your friendship is greatly appreciated, and I wish you the very best as you continue with your career in interior design, planning, or whatever other field that is lucky enough to have you in it. Please stay as you are: smart, excited, and kind. I know you'll get to where you want to go. Miss you lots.
Beaner- Meeting someone like you during my freshman year of college was such a surprise. With you I can always be myself and just have a good time. Having your laughter in my life (mainly from my jokes) has always uplifted my mood and kept me going. I enjoy each and every day I got to spend with you in college. I wasn't sure what our friendship was to become, but it blossomed quick into something real and long lasting. It was always nice to know that even though I was always super busy with studio and work, that you understood I wasn't just blowing you off. Oh and one last thing.. you know how you always say "I love you" and I say "I know"... well just so you really do know... I love you too. Thanks for being such a great friend to me. I wish you all the best in your career and life. Missing you like crazy.
Casey- Someone really wise once said, "Casey, she can't even find her way out of a paper bag." At the time, it was probably true, but today it's a much different story. I have had the opportunity to watch you turn from a caterpillar into a butterfly during college. I mean it when I say that I am amazed by how much you grew up and how fast. We had a great three years of college together, and I loved every minute of it. I have to thank you of course for all of the times you picked me up when I was out drinking, all the times you took me to Greeks, McDonald's, or Taco Bell (I don't know if that's actually a positive thing, but I was happy at the time), and all the times you let me be the third wheel between you and Brandon. You've learned to share your boyfriend with me so that I could have fun with my best friend, and I greatly appreciate it. All three of us have done so many fun things together. They are memories that will last a lifetime. Luckily, we got most of it on camera (thank you for filming!) so people will actually believe us when we tell our stories. Thank you for visiting me in Baltimore and welcoming me to stay in D.C. with you. It was a blast on both occasions (let's not forget the drunk/high, half-naked, European guy that talked to us at the fountain). At least you know your hair cut was beautiful after that! lol But seriously, thank you for all that you do. Most of it was after a long night of partying, but I wanted you to be aware that I always appreciated your time and patience to take care of me and see that I got home safely. Please take good care of Brandon for me when I'm not around. Also, when you get married, I do believe that I can be both a best man and the maid of honor. Just saying, it's an option! Keep up the good work in school! Miss you.
Josh- You are the greatest friend anyone can have. Since high school, you have had my back through thick and thin. Whether I was 3 hours away or 18 hours away, you always found the time and energy to come visit. You are a great guy, and my parents love you to death. My mom will always have cookies for you so long as you decide to finally bring over eggs (turns out you actually did finally bring the eggs lol). We've spent over 10 Halloweens together, and I couldn't be happier that we have this running tradition. Here's to 10 more Halloweens! I know you are still trying to find your place in the world. I know deep down that you are capable of more than you think. Someday soon you will prove me right. Keep working hard in school and in life and good things will come. You're a good man, with a good heart, and when two great things like that come together...well there's no stopping that train! It's my sincere wish that one day we will be able to live in the same city together so it can be like old times, but with new times written all over it. However, even if it never happens, I still know that you and I will always be best friends. Miss you bud.
Emily- I hope this submission makes your world! When I moved to Colorado in Fall 2011, I knew no one. I'm not even quite sure how we met?! The important thing is that we did. You were kind enough to introduce me to the people you had met and after awhile we were all friends. It's been an experience getting to know you, hear about your interest, and unfortunately go through some painful workouts that you "forced" me to attend. We've had several chances to work together on projects, and I've always been happy with your willingness to put forth more effort or to try new things. In time, you will learn it all if you so choose to. Thank you for your continued support of my dreams and ambitions. It's been a fun ride, and I hope it doesn't end after graduation. Take care of yourself, and I'm confident you will be successful in all that you do. Thanks being a good friend to me.
Sis- Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement as I have continued throughout school. I remember being very young and you helping to take care of me. You've always been good to me. I hope that you figure out life and remember what the important things are. We are all family and without family you have nothing. I love you, and I hope that you are well. Please take care of yourself.
Sis- Thank you for all your support throughout the past years. You have been nothing, but smiles and encouragement for everything I decide to do, and I can't thank you enough for that. I miss our puking contest, road trips, Jack in the Box adventures, visiting you guys our in Norfolk, and all the games we play. I hope you continue to get everything you want out of life. I'm happy as long as your happy! Thank you for always looking out for Mom. I hear about you two all the time so I'm glad that you can help out with that. I've been quite busy with school and trying to grow up. I know it was hard for mom when I left the house since I was the last one to leave, but I also know that you made it a hell of a lot easier on her through your daily talks or Facebook post. I love all your kids very much. I know that they will continue to be good kids and do great things as well. I love you times infinity. Thanks for being there for me along the way.
Night Hawk- Thank you for all your letters and encouragement. It's been great to know that you have been in my corner rooting for me all along. We had some great times growing up. I know that I was that annoying little brother you wanted nothing to do with. Thank you for dealing with me. I always wanted to be like you. You were cool, funny, and happy even though you tortured me by leaving on the Leprechaun that haunted me for years. I'll never forget the fire breathing dragon trick you used to do. Anyways, I've always found you humorous, and I've always tried to make people laugh just like you have always done. I hope that you figure out life and remember what the important things are. We are all family and without family you have nothing. I love you, and I hope that you are well. Please take care of yourself.
Melissa- I think of you, and I remember some of my favorite memories of my college years. I think of the times I beat you relentlessly at Wii, the times you beat me relentlessly at tennis, times on the lake, at Manni's or Seans, bonfire's, visit's to BSU, your open house, the county fair, Manni's mom yelling at me to stay away from you (she really got on my case!), and the many nights out at the bars! You probably are surprised I remember most of those seeing as though I'm sure I was boozing at all of them! Little one, you will always have a special place in my heart. I miss having you around, but I always love when we get to catch up. Don't forget this one, "Do something crazy, do something crazy". Oh and you know the trophy ball? You can go ahead and keep it forever because it's never coming back to me, and in case anyone else is reading this, that isn't you....it's a loser trophy, not a winner trophy. Love you mucho! Wishing you the best in life!
Amanda- Thank you for an amazing summer internship. I truly miss the office and staff because you were a fun bunch to be around. I love how personable you are. You're so easy to talk to, and I hope you stay that way. I learned an awful lot from you in three months. Thank you for treating me not only like a co-worker, but also as a friend. Being alone in a new city can be scary and intimidating, but you helped me to feel right at home. Keep making Ball State proud. Hopefully, we can work together again in the future. SMC is so lucky to have such a bright and talented individual. You can feel free to tell Richard I said that! Missing you and the rest of the SMC staff.
Jay- Coming to the University of Colorado Denver from Ball State was quite a change. However, sometimes people like you make changes so much easier. I know you are new to teaching, but your personality, mental attitude, and professionalism has and will continue to make you an amazing professor. Thank you for a great studio I and for writing me a letter of recommendation. It has been great to get to know you, and I was being serious when I said that you are the kind of professional I hope to become. I look forward to working with you more in the future, and I can only hope we stay in touch.
Sean- I often joke about how you are the master of disaster, biological warfare, and the world's worst form of torture, but I mean it all from a good place. You've been a great friend to me, and I hope you know that I appreciate it. We've had some great times. Refer to Manni's paragraph if you want a recap of a few! I'm so happy you decided to come to Ball State. I think you made a great choice in your transfer, and I hope that you are as happy with it as I was. It was actually a key part to us becoming better friends. We have some great memories from college, many of which we may never remember. However, one thing I know I won't be forgetting anytime soon is that you are the only male in the world that needs a female to finish his beers for him! lol You thought you were going to get away without at least one jab. On a serious note, we've had good times, great talks, and unforgettable memories together. Keep up the good work in your career. I'm sure you have made all of your family proud, and of course, I'm proud of you as well. Thank you for letting me into your family and your heart. You have two great parents, and I'm very grateful to have them in my life as well. I'm looking forward to many more years.
Gerald- You are an amazing man, role model, and father figure. I can't thank you enough for what you have done for our family. You came into our family with open arms and accepted all of us as your own. I am so very fortunate to have grown up in a house with that kind of love. Also, thank you for taking care of my mom when I'm not around. Your love for her is evident in everything that you do. I've also greatly enjoyed getting to know you and your family better. The House Family is truly a loving, welcoming, and thoughtful group of people. While I may not call you dad, you are like a father to me regardless. Thank you for you continued support and guidance as I grow up. You are loved and appreciated for it.
Mother- Words will never explain how I feel about you. Everything about who I am and who I want to become, comes from watching how you have lived your life. It hasn't been an easy life, but you never gave up, always stayed positive, and did your best. Through all of the obstacles, you've persevered to be where you are today. You encouraged me to grow beyond my limitations, to reach for the moon in all that I do. While money isn't something you've been blessed with, you have always had endless love to share. You've taught me endless life lessons that I still am learning along the way. All I know is that you have cared, loved, and supported me unconditionally. I know you are proud of me thus far, but it's not enough. I want to be able to return all the favors you have done for me. I want to help give you the life you've always wanted for me to have. I pray that my future children will get the opportunity to love, cherish, and learn from one of the greatest women in the world. These song lyrics from Boys 2 Men hopefully say anything that I haven't: "You taught me everything , everything you've given me, I'll always keep it inside. You're the driving force in my life. There isn't anything or anyone that I could be, and it just wouldn't feel right, if I didn't have you by my side. You were there for me, to love and care for me, when skies were gray. Whenever I was down, you were always there, to comfort me. No one else can be, what you have been to me. You will always be the girl in my life for all times." I love you more than you know.
Kristina- It has been a pleasure getting to know you. We've had quite a few entertaining nights together, and I always have a ball when we hang out. We've done a lot in our short two years of knowing each other. We've climbed a 14er together(ok I gave up before reaching the summit..), visited the continental divide, went camping together (still mad that I didn't have one of those cool forehead flashlights), participated in a fantasy football league together, ran a student chapter, hosted happy hours, one too many hot tub parties (who am I kidding, probably not enough), and countless times going out on the town. I couldn't imagine moving to Denver and having near as much fun if I hadn't met you. Thank you for all of your hard work as my vice president. I'm so grateful to have ended up in a situation where I had someone willing to work with me every step of the way to make the student chapter stronger and more productive. I've also had the privilege of working with you on several projects, and you have been an awesome partner! It's been a fun ride, and I hope it doesn't end after graduation. Take care of yourself, and I'm confident you will be successful in all that you do. Thanks again for all your time, energy, and effort.
Coach K- None of us really knew what to expect with a new football coach. However, you showed up and showed Wheeler something amazing. You gave me one hell of a last year of football, but you also gave me a chance to make something better out of myself. Thank you for taking the time to write a letter of recommendation for college. Who knows where my life would have taken me if not for your letter and being accepted to Ball State. Thank you for your tough lessons and support. Keep up the good work.
KT- You've been a friend for more than 12 years now. You are so special and dear to my life. You've always been in my corner rooting for my success, and I hope you feel the same way about me. I can never thank you enough for letting me into your life. You can and will do great things. Your love for teaching inspires me. You get to reach out and personally touch the hearts and minds of thousands of children. You and I share something special that most people can't understand. Maybe it's a unique connection or maybe it's a mutual understanding of each other's feelings, goals in life, wants, or needs. While we may never be able to put a name to what that is, I know it and you know it, and that's all that matters. I hope I never lose you in my life. Keep your head up and keep inspiring. Miss you lots.
Wilbur- Congratulations. You are my longest running friend. We started hanging out back in 4th and 5th grade, and we haven't stopped yet. Thank you for some really great memories. I'll never forget some of my firsts with you. My first time on a moped, one of the first times driving a car, first time driving a stick shift, first time shaving, first time drinking, and first time getting hit in the face with a football. Yeah we've been through it all, but it's been nice to have a friend like you around to have my back and help me through it. You said once that you know deep down we will always be friends. One day, when we both have wives and kids that they would all be hanging out together and me and you would be talking like old men do. I really hope that this is true. You've been a great friend, and I want to continue it till the end. I'm really happy for you that you got your life together. There's not a lot of us who have our act together like you. I'm wishing you well with life. You're a nice guy, and you deserve the best. Thank you for your never ending support. When a guy says he'd bet his 401K on someone... well you know he's serious. So I hope I make you proud, and you better have a cold one waiting for me when I get to visit again. Take care my friend.
CLO- Oh how I miss your presence. You were the best high school teacher ever. Your animated, loving, and cheerful personality made you so awesome. You truly were my mentor through high school. I admired your ability to know when to have fun and lighten up, but also when to lay down the law. This amazing trait is hard to master, but when you do, you are capable of being a truly great leader. Society needs leaders who can provide strong direction, yet appeal to the people in a caring and sensitive way. I spent four years watching your methods, and I like to think that I've learned a thing or two from you besides how good Lost and Prison Break is!! I hope all is well and please know that I miss your classes. Thank you for contributing to making me who I am today. I hope I have made you proud and continue to do so. Miss you lots.
Tina- Bet you didn't think you would make it to this page huh? Well you would be silly if you didn't. You've been like a mother to me here in Colorado. That probably sounds funny to you, but it's tough moving thousands of miles away from your family and friends. While working at Antonoff, I loved being able to visit with you. I was able to talk about life, learn some new things about Denver, and even get a little bit of that motherly advice. Thanks to your kindness, I was able to get some key pieces of my apartment in place during a time where I was really struggling financially. I can't even begin to explain how much that means to me, not to mention how much that meant to my parents. You've invited me to family gatherings at the park or to watch the Broncos play, and I have to be honest, it's actually nice to feel like you're a part of a family...even when you're really not! It's something that I miss about being at home, but you've made it a little easier on me, and I thank you for that. Please stay the same, and I hope that good things continue to come your way.
Howard- I can't even begin to explain how much I learned while I worked at Pacific West. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to work with you and be a part of the Pac West family. You have a great family, and I enjoyed getting to meet most of them. There's so many good things I can say about my internship with you. From the staff to Pizza Fridays to the office jokes to the Holiday party that I'm still laughing about. Don't worry... I won't be forgetting that "I'm the whitest non-white kid Pacific West has ever employed, and in fact I'm so White that I probably voted for Romney"! I'll be telling the story of the one day employee turned comedian for years to come. I'll also be telling the story of how I landed one of the best internships I could have possibly ended up in when I walked through your door. You've treated me more like a friend than an employee, and I can't thank you enough. You've been a great mentor, and it has been a privilege to work with you and Pacific West.
Carrie- It has been so great to get to know you this year. I've enjoyed hearing you lead our meetings. You are a true leader, and there's no wonder why you were the best person for the president position of the APA Student Chapter. I can't thank you enough for supporting me in my efforts to become our region's student representative. Hopefully, with your support, I can continue our college's tradition of holding the regional council position. I hope to make you proud. I look forward to following your career as you continue on after graduate school. I wish you the best on your journey. Thank you again.
Amy- Thank you for being you. I just have to say that before I say anything else. There's something special about you. Whether it's your realness, honesty, unswaying care, or just because your feet are like my hands. You're just unique and I love you for it. I know it seems like I've been distant (being away at college/graduate school will do that to you), but I still think of you the same as when we used to be able to hang out all the time. My whole family loves you to death, and it's not hard to see why. You're truly one of a kind, and I hope that you never change. Miss your face. Keep up the good work!
Aunt Patti- I have to thank you for all your efforts to be a part of my life. You have always e-mailed, sent cards, or took me out to lunch so that we could be in touch and catch up. It has been great to have your support and love especially throughout college. Please know it is appreciated and you are loved back for it. I'm sorry we can't be in touch more often. Just hard with all that goes on in the life of a graduate student! Lots of Love.
LP- Well there's a couple things I'm going to say. 1) I so could have put a few different nicknames instead of LP! 2) Thank you for your friendship. It means a lot to me that you have supported me in my ambitions. 3) You already know how talented you are so I'm not going to talk you up anymore than I have to, but I do want you to know how much it has meant to me to have you not only as a friend, but as a role model and inspiration. I don't know how you do all that you do, but I do know that I want to do it too. In all of our classes, you would set the bar for what was the best and how it should be done. I feel like my whole time spent during college was trying to keep up with your work ethic and ability to be a great planner. Because of this competition, you made me a better person, student, and professional. I look forward to seeing your career develop. Hopefully, we can work together again someday. Miss you Baby Girl.
Roy- It was such an experience getting to know you. I feel very fortunate to have gotten the chance to be your summer associate. You are a colorful and exciting character. Thank you for taking the time to treat me as more than a summer intern. You gave me insight into the work, but let me be free to grow on my own. I hope that I was everything you were looking for in an intern. I feel very blessed to have been a part of the Oella family even if it was a short time. I'm always reminded of you whether I drink from my Oella coffee mug, see dolphins, or hear about Tim Tebow. Know that you are in my heart and on my mind. I hope that you continue to reach what you seek in life.
Brandon- Where to begin. I guess I should travel back to that fateful day where my life changed forever. Of course, I'm referring to the day I walked into your room, all giddy and excited to be at college during my freshman year, and asked you if your internet was working. From there on out, we were best friends. I've had more versatile conversations with you than I have had with any of my friends. We've had sad talks, serious talks, laughs until it hurt, stayed up way to late, and memories that will last a lifetime. When I look at you, I don't see you as my old roommate or best friend from college. I see you as a brother. You have treated me better than anyone could have ever asked to be treated. You have let me into your life and showed me that real brotherhood goes beyond having someone to get into trouble with, live with, talk to about life, play a sport with, or share a meal with. It's about having someone who always has your back whether they are right or wrong, whether they are busy or free, and whether they are with you or 16 hours away. You've given me so much, and I hope that you feel the same about me. I hope that I have changed your life for the better. As I said before and I'll say it again, you aren't going to find another me in this world. However, the truth is that I'm never going to find another you in this world either. We've had some misunderstandings, issues, problems, and dilemmas from time to time, but it's always so refreshing to know that 5 minutes later, we would both be over it. After all, life is too short to let small things get in the way of the important things in life like having the undying love and support of a friend, a roommate, or a brother. "We ride together, we die together. Bad boys for life."- Mike Lowery
Mark- I feel like it was just yesterday when I first met you. I was a teen, full of potential, but waiting to find out how to use it. Looking back, working for you was a big step for me in becoming a stronger employee and a better professional. You taught me about etiquette, how to speak to people you didn't know, and how to provide the best possible customer service. I didn't know it at the time, but you challenged me to become something better. While it was frustrating at times, you never gave up on me. You saw something in me that I did not yet see. Thank you for believing and helping to mold me into an adult. I have always admired your professionalism, friendliness, and work ethic. I have to also thank you for writing me a letter of recommendation for college. Without your kind and thoughtful words, I may never have made it to Ball State, where I fell in love with planning. Also, without your donations of furniture, I may very well have eaten on the ground in the true college fashion, instead we had the classiest apartment on campus! Thank you for all that you have done to help and support me. Please pass the same kind words along to Bill for his kindness and patience with me. Best Regards.
Amela- You are one of the kindest, loving, and caring women I have ever met in this world. While I'm not actually your son, you accepted me as your own. Even your family has welcomed me into their loving and supportive arms. I don't know how my father and I were so lucky to have you enter our lives, but I'm sure glad you did. I used to worry often about my father, but when I really got to know you, I knew that he would be just fine with you by his side. He can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but regardless you stick around and I thank you for it. You have opened up opportunities that never existed for me. I honestly believe that my father and I would still be struggling to see eye to eye if it hadn't been for your presence. One way or another you helped us learn how to communicate better with each other and I can never thank you enough for that. As for me, I am truly blessed to have two wonderful step-parents in my life. It could have easily been a situation where you tried to push me away, but instead you took me in. So what I'm really trying to say is thank you for giving me a chance. While I may not call you mom, you are like a mother to me regardless. Thank you for you continued support and guidance as I grow up. You are loved and appreciated for it.
Jazzy- I hope you know how special you are to me. We haven't had that much time to get to know each other because of college, but I do appreciate every chance we do see each other, whether it be short or long to play games, watch a movie, or just talk. So far it sounds like you are on the right track with school. I hope you continue to excel in everything you do so that you can make your dad, mom, and me proud. You have a whole life to live so don't worry about growing up to fast. Listen to me when I say that you will miss these years and in a blink they will be gone and you will be on to the next stage of your life. Middle school will be an opportunity for you to further grow and make friends. High school can be tough. I loved high school, and I think you will too if you just remember to make the most out of it, be nice to everyone, and remember that this is not the last stop in your journey. I've seen too many kids be bullied or their feelings hurt. Dare to be someone different. I hope that you strongly consider going to college. The lessons you learn, the friends you make, and the memories you create will live with you for a lifetime. Never be afraid to contact me whether I'm in Indiana, Colorado, or anywhere in the world. I am your big brother and will always be. I'm here for you whenever you need it. If I have the time, the money, or the advice, I am willing to give it to you. Please take care of mom and dad. They love you more than you know. I'm sorry if you think they only talk about me. Just know that to me it's the other way around. All I heard about is how well Jazzy did on her test, how she is getting into sports and dance, and more. That's just the way it is. You will hear about me, and I will hear about you, but don't ever think they don't care about you as much as they do about me. Now go be a kid, learn to love everything life has to offer, make the most out of each day, remember that there is a whole life ahead of you, care for everyone that comes across you, but don't be taken advantage of. There are good and bad people out there so you will have to give everyone a chance, but always have your guard up. Lastly, don't forget that I love you, and I know that you will succeed.
Dad- We may not always have had a good relationship, but I know more than anything that you have always loved me and simply wanted what was best for me. You have had a tough life, but look at what you have done. I know you feel like it was never enough, but I'm here to tell you that it was. You gave me space, love, support, hope, happiness, and a foundation to help me succeed in life. You have never doubted me. You always said do what makes you happy, and don't worry about me. Well the funny thing is that your my father, and I'm always going to worry about you, just as you are going to always worry about me. I hope that I have made you proud as a son, a man, and a friend. Everything I do is to make you proud of me and my accomplishments. I may not always say it or show it, but I understand you more than you think. After all, I am your son. I share a similar mind set and feelings. I want to apologize now for any time that I may have hurt your feelings as I was growing up. You have to know and understand that it was never intentional, but rather it's just hard growing up when you have two homes and two set of parents. Hopefully, you understand the pressures I faced, the sacrifices I made without you ever knowing, and the challenges I had to overcome. I love you as you are. A man that gives everything and asks nothing in return. I can't wait till I can tell my future children about who you were, what you did, what you believed in, how you carried yourself, and why you did what you did. I hope that I can be even half the father you were. I love you more than you know.
Kevin- Unlike most of my other friends, I do actually remember the first time I met you. It was my first day moving into the dorms. I was nervous, excited, scared, happy, sad, and more. Let's just say I was an emotional roller coaster. However, there was one person that I immediately felt comfortable with, and that person was you. I remember walking over to your room, and we discussed football, high school, etc. It was the start of something neither of us probably expected. You then introduced me to the rest of the "gang". I put that in quotes because you know I have a better name for them, but today we can just call them the gang. I was the lucky freshman who was welcomed to hang out with the established group of sophomores, and I remember being grateful for your invitations and being able to fit into the group. Sometimes that's a hard thing to do. You guys had all spent the previous year together, figured each other out, and were happy with the group you had. So thank you for making my college experience the experience I hoped it would be. Most of the stories I tell about my four years at Ball State will inevitably involve you, the "gang", and parties at your house (yes, even the one where you guys weren't home, and I proceeded to host my own party). I especially will not forget that your go to drunk food was ramen noodles. You're certainly one in a million, and I'm quite fortunate to have met you. Thanks for all the memories, and I'm looking forward to many more in the future.
Mr. Schultz- I'm hoping that by me writing this thank you that you'll muscle up the resources to take me to Ocean Prime, finally. All jokes aside, you have been a great roommate. Moving to a new city is intimidating, scary, and sometimes stressful, but with a roommate and friend like you, it isn't so bad. You have been nothing but nice to me since the first day we met (I mean c'mon, you had dinner ready for me at one thirty in the morning because you felt bad that I had just driven 16 hours straight, across the country, by myself). So here's a big thank you for all that you've done, currently do, and hopefully do in the future (there's dirty dishes in the sink...). I know the "Prince of Valparaiso" will represent the 219 proudly.
Steve- I can't believe how lucky I was to have gotten the chance to work for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. I don't know if you ever realized how excited I was to have the opportunity to help out my local community. Thank you for giving me a chance to show you who I am, what I can do, and what I want to become. I enjoyed hearing about your career, family, and your professional take on the planning world. NIRPC is lucky to have you as is the planning world. I enjoyed my summer as your intern, and I hope that I may get a chance in the future to work with NIRPC again. Also, thank you for the kind words in the letter of recommendation you wrote me for graduate school. You are very much a big reason why I was accepted into the program and given yet another opportunity to show what I am capable of. I hope to continue to make you proud for supporting me in my endeavors. Best Regards.
Fresh- I can't quite put my finger on the day when we became friends, but I know it was a good day, and it has been ever since. Let me just revisit some highlights real quick: Charades during class, creating our own jingles (and Jill got Hotter), Prom with our girlfriends (wait maybe that's when we became friends? lol), summer pool parties and out on the lake (Rascal Flatts-Summer Nights & Darius Rucker-Alright ring a bell?), visits to Ball State (even if you did lose your entire wallet with $300), Spring Break in PCB( Scurvy McGurvy), your first trip to Denver (sit down, drank, stand up, drank, eat, drank, sleep, drank, you know the rest!), and all the other countless memories we've had at your house, sean's house, or out at the bars. The point here is that we've been through a lot, and I wouldn't change any bit of it. By the way, you didn't think I forgot about our signature dance move ( we might have to stop doing that before I kill you...after all you're no Patrick Swayze and I'm no Jennifer Grey). Well there's nothing else to say besides. 1. 2. I love you. lol Yeah, we still got it.
Scottie- You are a true planning inspiration. I don't know if you ever knew this, but I came in to the program with the intention of doing Landscape Architecture. After about 6 weeks of the Accelerated Summer Program, I took your Intro to Planning class. This class, your words, and the concept of making the world a better place for people made all the difference. It was down to the last two weeks of the program, and we were required to submit our decision on the major we would elect to enter. As I sat thinking about this tough decision, I couldn't help but to hear your inspiring and hopeful words in my head. So there you have it. Without your persuasive words and enthusiasm of the planning world, I would surely not be where I am today. I can't thank you enough for showing me how cool planning is. You are a great mentor, leader, professor, and friend. I have enjoyed your field trips immensely. I will miss your lectures and jokes, but hopefully one day in the future we may be able to work together again. I wish you the very best as you continue to convert students into planners, who will in turn help me to make the world a better place for us all.
Korey- I know I haven't known you very long, but there's something about you that leads me to believe that you aren't going anywhere soon, and I couldn't be more relieved. You are everything that I needed in a best friend here in grad school. I decided to continue my education by going to grad school because I felt that there was still much to learn before I was ready to start my career and of course I was right. You have taught me so many things that I wasn't aware of. You're like my personal professor/expert of everything architecture and design related. I can't even begin to fathom how much you've helped me in school and professionally. If I were to count up our points, I'm sure you would be ahead. However, I'm still the winner. Not because I think I'm better, but because I know that finding a friend and a classmate like you is the real prize and I won it. You have helped to make me a better student and professional, and I can't thank you enough for that. Aside from classes, the thing I really love about you is your free flying spirit. You are always ready to do anything. I know that I can count on you to be there for me with whatever and whenever. Even if your Frisbee skills aren't the greatest and you eat all my food, you are still thebomb.com. You have made moving to a new city, making new friends, networking with professionals, and enjoying life so much easier and enjoyable for me. While I am more than willing to go out on my own to do these things, it's great to know there's someone else with similar ambitions and who wants to do those same things with you. For this, you are allowed to have unlimited pretzels when you come over! Seriously though, thank you for being you, for all that you do, and for putting up with me. I hope that you are getting something out of this friendship that is worthwhile because I know that I wouldn't be who I am today without you. Thank you.
Special People in My Life- Please do not feel left out or unappreciated if you did not get a personalized thank you. Fortunately, I have had many special people come through my life that have done great things for me, and thanking each person would be impossible! It's so comforting to look back and think about how blessed I am to have had the opportunities and privilege to meet each and every single one of you. Thank you for all that you do and know that you are appreciated. You would be quite surprised at all the small things I actually remember. I wouldn't be who I am and where I am today without you. I hope I make you all very proud. Best Regards.