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Talented, Brilliant, Incredible, Show-Stopping, Never-the-Same, Totally Unique – Addison Olson

Unlike many people, I really enjoyed high school. I felt like I was on top of the world with the best of friends, the sweetest boyfriend, and the “perfect life.”

From high school to college

Going off to college, I thought for sure I’d already made the only friends I would ever need. Fast forward to January 2018 – I am single, broke, stressed to the max, and only talk to a handful of people from my graduating class every couple of months (I’m sure many can relate).

For the freshmen, this might sound a little discouraging, but the truth is that although there’ve been struggles, I’ve received the best, most wonderful blessings I could’ve ever hoped for during my three years at UJ.

My extraordinary blessings

Now, you’re probably wondering what these extraordinary blessings could be and how you can acquire something so great? Well, the answer is that I’ve been blessed with the most “talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular, never-the-same, totally unique” friends anyone could ever have.

Winnie the Pooh said it best: “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey inside.” I never thought that in coming to a small college in Jamestown, North Dakota I would meet the very people who would fill my life with so much sweetness.

UJ and friendships

I love UJ so much and I’ve been positively impacted by the professors, staff, environment, and opportunities present here. Nothing, however, has affected my life more than the friends I’ve met along the way. Some friendships happened immediately, some took time. Some were unexpected, and some have completely changed my life! Some are old and some are brand new, but they’ve all been blessings and have changed my point of view.

My friends have been my source of laughter, support, and unconditional love here at UJ, and they are a huge reason why I feel at home on this campus. Struggling with anxiety my whole life, I always felt like I had to deal with my issues alone.

It wasn’t until this year, after experiencing overwhelming heartbreak, that I’ve realized how much I’ve taken my friends for granted and how important they are to me. They’ve stayed with me through months of depression, guilt, and tears. They’ve supported me, made me stronger, and because of them, I now laugh more than ever before and am so happy with my life!

How my life could have been different

It’s really crazy to think that I was contemplating going to UND or Valley City, and how I could have easily missed the opportunity to meet these people who have made UJ my home away from home. God truly sent me here for a reason, and He shows His love for me through the people He’s placed in my life.

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Posted:February 2, 2018

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