“The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you” – Elbert Hubbard
In June of this year, I moved out of the house that I – along with three others – called home. This August I moved away from the city that introduced me to these people, nearly four years ago.
The first of the three I met in September 2011, during the first night of Fresher’s Week. The evening ended in unexpected circumstances as we witnessed an ambulance called up to campus as another student had drunk so much she passed out on the cold pavement.
The second I met a little over a week later in my first Wednesday seminar for ‘An Introduction to Theatre History’. However, it wouldn’t be until a week or two later during a class discussing ‘Lysistrata’ that we would actually speak to each other. Of course, an instant bond was formed.
The third I introduced myself to at the end of the first term. The ‘diversion’ I had to take led me to being late for my class but no harm was done. A couple more meetings and a few months down the line we sat down to play Halo [either Reach or ODST] one evening, not stopping until the game was complete, by which time the sun had risen.
Over the last (almost) four years, these three have become some of the most important people to me, so it was with a heavy heart that I left our house for the last time and handed the keys back to the letting agency in June.
Before I came to University, I was always told that it would be the place where you make friends for life. I was told that University was a place where special bonds were made and the ghosts of your past would be left behind. Whilst the latter is not quite true, these three people have most definitely proven that the former is.
And even though we have now all gone our separate ways, I am a firm believer that these friendships will not wobble and will not fade. I will forever be indebted to them. I will forever be grateful. As with any friendship, we all had our ups and downs, but there was a mutual love and respect there for each other. By the end of it, I came to see them all as family. My own little Bath Spa Family.
And despite the fact we may be in different directions, different cities or different countries, know that you will always be there in my heart and mind.
“Friends are the siblings God never gave us” – Mencius