Home is Where the Heart Is

by Olivia Miller


Six years ago this past Saturday, August 22, 2009, I moved into my first residence hall at Kansas State, and I was terrified. I was, and still am, extremely close to family and was not ready to start this new chapter of life called college. That move in day was one of the most difficult days of my life, leaving everything I knew, seeing my dad cry for the first time and promising my parents that I would leave my room are the only things I remember from that day. However, what I did not know that day was that this university, this community would truly becoming my home away from home.

Fast forward six years as I begin my seventh and final round of school here at K-State, and I have created my own home here. I have a K-State mom, a K-State dad, a K-State fairy godmother and countless K-State sisters and brothers, and in a few short months I will have to say good bye to them and this home. Yet, before I get to that point in my life, I want to celebrate the family and home that I have made here in the Little Apple. In this city, with these people I have grown into the person I have always meant to be, I simply had no idea who that was going to be when I moved into Ford Hall that hot day. The person I am today, and the SApro I am becoming for the future, was formed here. 

What is important for me to realize now is that home is not just the house on Foxridge Drive in Olathe, or a residence hall, but rather a feeling of community with family, friends and coworkers that can be built anywhere. Home is not a place, but a feeling, and I have been overwhelmed with this feeling the past few months. To me, the feeling of home is happiness, peace and contentment, and I have that here which will make leaving difficult. I am not good with goodbyes (but good with tears), and I also struggle with starting over, which makes the next year a concern for me. Will I find a home in my first professional job? How long will it take for me to feel at home, and be able to call this place home?

Despite these concerns I need to bask in the feeling of home I have right now. I was worried six years ago and everything turned out 100% better than I could have ever imagined, so I am sure that is what will happen now. This Saturday my parents visited me and unlike six years ago there were no tears, instead a glass was bought as a late birthday present. On it is the outline of Kansas with the word HOME on it, reminding me that no matter where I go, Kansas will always be home. As they say, home is where the heart is, and right now my heart is full.

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