rachel_westcott Spent all night last night addressing announcements and watching a movie with friends.
I graduate in 3 days and it's getting all too real.
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rachel_westcott To my two best friends, my sisters, the two that have walked with me since day one of college:
No amount of words in an Instagram caption could express to you what you have come to mean to me. I'm sorry if I was a little quiet today on our excursion to Knoxville - I was trying not to think about the fact that this was our last adventure as roommates.
The thought that our days of living together are coming to an end breaks my heart. But I am so proud of you both — and so lucky to know that distance will not lessen our love for one another.
Thank you for an amazing four years of memories. I'm praying for a lifetime more.
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rachel_westcott There is nothing quite like camping out in the corner of a coffee shop for 7 hours.
That's all that's on the agenda for the day and I'm quite alright with it.
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rachel_westcott I think it's safe to say that our faces have only been making these expressions for the past 38 hours.
Thank you everyone for your kind wishes and support, and for my sweet friends tagged in this who helped make Friday happen. I'm blown away by your love.
And Taylor, you went above my wildest dreams. I never knew it was possible to feel this much happiness.
We're getting married!!!
*exclamation points and heart eyes for days*
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rachel_westcott It's a warm, bright day today. There's a slight breeze and the birds have not stopped singing since the sun came up. It helps soften the blow of hard goodbyes.
If you see me with a glazed-over expression in the next nine days, just know it's because I'm full of feelings.
Thank God for the sun.
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rachel_westcott I just walked out of my last college class. Ever.
My professor caught me off-guard as class was ending when he started talking about calling.
"With God, nothing is wasted," he said. "If God has put a passion in your heart, he will use it in one way or another. It may not all make sense right now, but trust him. Trust that he will provide an opportunity for your deepest gladness and the world's deepest need to meet."
I hope my classmates didn't see the tears rolling down my cheek.
Graduation, here I come.
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  •   itsckelley Love this 1w
  •   hillpaige3 That's awesome!! 1w
  •   missangms That's so simply beautiful. Hold on tight to those words girl. 1w

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rachel_westcott Two years ago today, we got coffee for the first time. I planned on staying for an hour. We stayed for three.
He caught me by surprise that day — I never saw it coming, and nothing was ever the same again.
I'm glad things don't always turn out the way you expect. A lot of times, they turn out way better.
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rachel_westcott We love weddings. And matching. And each other.
#CarolineAndMarshall
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rachel_westcott "Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great... These all look to You, to give them their food in due season. When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open your hand, they are filled with good things."
// Psalm 104:25-28
I love that my Father is so creative and good, that he gave us such a beautiful earth to protect and enjoy. What an awesome responsibility.
Happy Earth Day, friends.
2w

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rachel_westcott Today I'm an 11 on the sentimental scale.
Things came full circle as we honored all the freshmen moving up and falling into their roles at Lee. I was able to hear all my freshman friends tell me about what they've done this year, and their dreams for the future. I can't be more proud.
As I was walking around campus with emotion in my eyes, reflecting on my time here, and realizing I hardly recognize anyone anymore (senior probs) I ran into @kendallelane, my brother since the beginning. He helped me snap out of it. And then I remembered I still have so many beautiful things ahead. Like living with this girl right here in 2 months.
Processing graduation is a weird, weird thing, my friends. Thanks for putting up with my sappy posts.
#leeuniversity #sentimentalsenior #16days
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rachel_westcott Today my entire schedule cancelled. Literally. Everything I had written down on my calendar was cancelled.
So I drove to Chattanooga and sang at the top of my lungs and got my haircut and went to the park. And I didn't take any of it for granted.
What do you like to do when you finally get free time to yourself?
2w

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rachel_westcott Some happy things:
One of my friends said to me today, "Happy last full week of undergrad!" And I had a mini heart attack.
All my professors are cancelling classes out of nowhere.
After a year of curation, I finally I finished my section of the yearbook.
I don't have any final exams to take.
The weather is perfect and I'm wearing a dress to work.
Feeling good today. I hope your Monday is just as bright.
2w

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rachel_westcott I'm finally wrapping up. I feel should have more to do, but the finish line is close, and it's a downhill slope from here until graduation.
This building is my home for just a few days longer, and I'm so sentimental about it. Today I will finish the bulk of my final work. I can finally say, the hardest days of college are over.
And friends, sunny weather is ahead. In every way.
2w

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rachel_westcott Everyone needs a friend who sees them, knows them, and loves them — who empathizes, affirms, and always reminds them of the positive things. Lilly is that friend to me. Time with her is never enough, but in our little moments there is always love indescribable, bursting at the seams.
Thank you for never failing to bring sunshine to my life, and sharing in my passion for all things bright and beautiful. And thank you for letting me steal you away this morning. I love you more than you'll ever know. And I'm glad we got at least one good picture.
Happy birthday, Lilly.
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rachel_westcott Taylor and I haven't seen each other this week. Between papers and projects and exams and presentations, there was just no margin. So tonight we had our first date in weeks.
And there was one moment at dinner where I was just so overcome with love with him I literally couldn't speak. I couldn't. I swear, I just looked at him like an idiot for probably five minutes, and he kept saying "Rachel, what? What are you thinking? What's happening?"
Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't care. I love him more every day.
There is no one I would rather walk around the city and explore with, no one I would rather sit across the table from me, no one else who I would ever want to do life with more than him.
Thanks for making life a never-ending adventure.
3w

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rachel_westcott They say that April showers bring May flowers, so that must be why I haven't seen the sun hardly at all this month.
I think that concept works in more ways than just the weather.
This cloudy season you might be in, will make sense soon. Something is brewing.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap the harvest, if we do not give up." // Galatians 6:9
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rachel_westcott "I graduate in 4 weeks, I don't even care anymore, I'm not even gonna try," I tell myself as I buckle down tonight and study for my exam tomorrow, write a paper, and put together a presentation.
I can't live with myself if I don't at least strive for excellence. I can't check out early. It's not in my DNA.
My motivation may be at an all-time-low, but in life, you get it done anyways.
What are some ways you motivate yourself? Any tips for this tired college kid?
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  •   rachel_westcott @abigailelizbth oh dang! I still need to check that out! Thanks girl 3w
  •   bw4jc Not to be overly spiritual or religious, but when I'm at the end of a semester and feeling no motivation or sense of urgency, I try to remember that even my studies, the work I put in, the time I spend, and the sleepless nights are opportunities to do it all as unto the Lord. He's brought you to this point in your schooling for a reason, and it's a way to bring him glory even if no one else actually notices. That's something that often helps me 3w
  •   rachel_westcott @bw4jc you're totally right. I think it's easy to forget that seemingly meaningless work can still be an act of worship. Thank you Bethany! 3w
  •   kileemoenning If it's not an exam, a paper, or a presentation. Someday it will be a husband to feed, an early work meeting, and a teething fussy 1 year old to care for in the middle of the night.. And of course, you can't forget about yourself somewhere in the middle! It never changes.. Just context! 3w

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rachel_westcott This weekend my mom and sister came to town for my school's preview day. I really hope that Sarah ends up here in 2017.
But my favorite moments from the weekend weren't just the ones on the campus lawn eating pizza, or enjoying a theatre production, or soaking in every event and production and concert.
My favorite moments were sitting around the dinner table hearing about my sister's junior prom. Or sitting on a bed crying into my mom's arms, worried about my future, and hearing her say she's proud of me. Or the moments we have left to make tonight: sitting in my living room, cuddling, watching movies, drinking tea and staying warm. @jeffwestcott, all that's missing is you.
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  •   jeffwestcott And I hate that I had to miss it. Love you! 4w

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rachel_westcott I've been all kinds of sentimental lately.
One minute I'll be in class taking notes and the next I'll look up and suddenly an out-of-body experience occurs. I'll look at the professor and my classmates around me and my textbooks and I'll realize that these are the "good old days." My four years at college are almost up.
I know there are even more amazing things ahead than anything I can ask for or imagine, but one can't help but feel a sense of loss as chapters begin to close. "Lasts" are more common than firsts. Last time scheduling classes. Last time visiting the mountains with friends. Last time pulling an all-nighter at Ihop. Last time having a class in the building that's quickly become your home.
I'm glad that the story of my life is still only beginning, but something keeps me holding on to my Lee University chapter for as long as I can. My school has been so good to me.
So forgive me, friends, if I don't seem like my usual self. Chances are I'm probably looking at you but thinking of how much I'll miss you. Or I'm late because I simply lingered. Or I'm staying off social media because I'm too busy cherishing the little moments in-between.
I hope wherever you are today, whether it be at a job you don't like, or you're having relationship troubles, or you're waiting for an answer that may never come, or you don't know where to go from here, that you take time to remember that life is a beautiful adventure. Take note of the little joy-moments in-between. And never let them go.
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