Tonight has to be one of the most reflective nights I have had in a long while.

I won’t be returning to Green Mountain College next semester (or any of the semesters to follow) and although I truly believe this to be the right decision for me at the time for multiple reasons, it has been a very challenging/tormenting decision to make.

I have spent the last couple of days splendoring in some of the most beautiful friendships, with some of the most beautiful people that this world has to offer. I have laughed so much that I couldn’t breathe and cried just about the same. Walking through campus I have appreciated everything and everyone more, all the colors and faces seemingly more interesting than before.

When first coming to GMC during the summer of 2011, I felt I was searching for something particular…what I found was a world of possibility within myself. Stronger willed and more determined, and with a near miraculous sense of self, I will forever be in debt to the people I have found a home and a family in here at GMC. 

Already missing my conversations with many a thoughtful feminist, my soul sister Lian Kariuki and her interminable dedication and motivation, Miss Krista Shugart’s unwavering acceptance, support, love, and enthusiasm…and all the many others who have made GMC the wonderful place that it is. 

Thank you Chartwells and Gladys i’ll miss you! 

Intercultural Center ❤

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” 

-C.S. Lewis

Love, Haley Tripoli


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