It's So Hard to Say Goodbye

by Olivia Barker
@oliviabark

One of the hardest things in life is letting go! Old relationships, friendships, foster dogs, family, students...it’s so hard to say goodbye.

I’m guilting of following old boyfriends, friends and not friends on social media-you know you do it too! As I’ve gotten older, I swear I don’t care, but I am still just “checking in.” It’s hard to say goodbye.

This weekend, my foster dog of 6 weeks was officially adopted and crocodile tears rolled down my cheeks when her new mommy sent me a picture of Maddie actually smiling. It’s hard to say goodbye.

My sister and I facetime almost everyday for hours at a time just doing what we would do regularly in life. We facetimed as she ate dessert with my family the other night because I would have done anything to be there with them. It’s hard to say goodbye.

The first two students I worked with at Rice are also two of my very favorite students and both will be graduating in a few short weeks. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve been here and that it’s already time to say goodbye. I remember the first time I actually met them. We had been using Google Hangout all summer, but I had never actually met them. It was Cheer Battle during Orientation Week and a sea of students were chanting cheers and then I saw Brody-yelling louder than everyone else and jumping up and down. Not even a minute later I saw Christa-bringing up the caboose and keeping everyone together. I didn’t know it then, but this is so reflective of their personalities and so telling of our time together. These little blessings got me through this year and my first IMPACT Retreat! I’m so proud of them and know they will both be hugely successful - but it’s so hard to say goodbye!

Hug your students tight this week!

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