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Change is one of those weird things that can be good, bad, ugly and beautiful all at the same time. Some changes feel like ends, and others feel like new beginnings. What do they all have in common? They’re usually at least a little bit bittersweet.
Even though change can be hard (and to be honest, change has felt really hard lately), the thing I know change does bring is the promise of newness. New relationships, new challenges, and new experiences are the only thing change truly promises. Change is the wrench that gets thrown in our smooth operation and requires us to adapt, rethink and innovate. 
The changes that have taken place in my life over the last year have made me realize just how much I had lost and gained in one year’s time—I lost some friends and gained new ones that feel like family. I left my hometown but now I have two places that feel like home. A year ago I was in high school full time, and now I’m about to graduate early so I can pursue my career. With every change came a loss, but also a gain.