i never had trouble making friends when i was growing up.
i was always loud, always talking, always joking, always connecting
that is until i got to college.
i was so terrified about being in this new, big pond that i simply shut down.
i wasn't myself and anyone who has ever been there knows just how
awful that feels.
then max came along.
minutes before one of many freshman orientations began, a cheerful "ginger"
came bouncing into the room and sat directly in front of me.
he was well dressed and gained a great deal of attention from constantly
raising his hand. although i never intended to befriend this red head (or anyone
for that matter), i made a point of striking up a conversation with this kid
after the lecture was over. as fate would have it we were in the same major
and he has been such a joy to me ever since.
thank you for all that you do, max. thank you
for all of the laughs, all of the "real talks" and all of advice.
you have become my dearest friend here at penn state and i'm not
sure what i'd do without you.