A year ago, I was surrounded by negative, unsupportive, disrespectful people, and as much as I would like to say that you are NOT defined by the sum of your peers, who you let into your life definitely says a lot about you. Connecting with people who genuinely care about you and who treat others with kindness is so, so SO important. Shoutout to my peeps, my boyfriend, my family, my boyfriend’s family, my professors, bosses, and mentors — thanks for telling me I could do it. Thanks for reminding me I was worthy of true friendships, patience, and tenderness, and for bringing me back, and pushing me forward. I am brimming with so much joy and happiness I hardly have words to explain the gratitude I feel for you. I am where I am today because you believed in me, and I can’t say thank you enough.