It had to happen eventually... I no longer live on the island that can't be ugly. It was quite a bittersweet departure. On the one hand, I was happy to not have to yell over anymore children trying to teach them something they clearly could care less about, and I surprisingly needed a break from being around so many people all the time (extrovert as I am). But on the other hand, my heart started to miss the island and all the friendships I had made there just as soon as I stepped upon that boat to leave.
I will miss so much. Catalina Island has been added to the list of special places that I will carry in my heart no matter where I go in life. It was quite an experience; one that I will probably be processing for quite a while longer.
However, now it is on to the next adventure - Grad School! Eighye! Now I need to start looking for housing, getting my financial affairs in order, and looking for a part time job to help pay for it all. And it looks like I am starting my internship that I acquired this July, which is less than a month away! I'm hoping that I will absolutely love this new two year commitment and that I will make many new deep relationships and will learn everything I need to know to be an excellent administrator for the college world. And hopefully I'll finally be able to support myself completely on my own with a very good job at the end of this experience. Hopefully. (And hopefully that doesn't mean that my adventurous life isn't almost at an end.)
So, farewell Catalina. You're forever in my heart.