My Best Friend is Moving to Alaska

3:11:00 PM

I met Olivia during our freshman year when we lived a couple doors down from one another in the dorms and she quickly became one of my closest friends. We dated guys in the same fraternity and went to all of the functions together. She even came and held my hand during a *quite* personal doctor's appointment recently (and took the awkward snapchats to prove it.)

I would classify Olivia as a homebody. I was terrified that she would transfer after our freshman year at USC and I'm so grateful that she didn't. That's why it came as quite a shock when she announced that she's accepted a job and will be moving to Juneau, Alaska this summer.

Moving. To Alaska. As in, not the continental US. WHAT?!

My first thought was selfish. I don't want to lose my friend and I certainly don't like the idea of her being so far away. My next thought was, Wow, I am so proud of her. 

She's making a move that many wouldn't consider and I think it's fantastic. Plus, it's actually so gorgeous there.

I decided to ask her a few questions about how she made her decision to hopefully encourage some of you to take a leap of faith yourselves. 

Q: You just announced that you'll be moving to Juneau, Alaska this summer post-grad! What prompted you to make the move?
Olivia: When else would I get to live in Alaska? Plus it is a great opportunity that has advancement opportunities in New York and Miami, so how could I say no!

Q: Are you nervous at all?
Olivia: I'm actually mostly excited (although I may get nervous as it gets closer...) But I've found in my life that I am more nervous if I DON'T have new and exciting things to look forward to. It's what makes life so much livelier!

Q: What's the most exciting thing about moving?
Olivia: I always look forward to meeting new people when I move, and feeling out new experiences and situations. But I'm also super weird and love to just walk around by myself and explore when I'm in a new city. Overall I'm really looking forward to just taking it all in and having a new life experience!

Q: Why do you think it's important for people to make a big jump like this while they're young?
Olivia: I feel that there is no better time than the present to do something big! I always say "now's the time to do it while I'm young!" but I actually really believe that you can make big jumps at any age (I've seen my mom do it!) I think that it is more about being open to opportunities when they come to you, and less about how old you are when those opportunities come along (although it is easier to do something crazy while you aren't tied down with children, sorry mom )

Q: What do your parents think?!?!
Olivia: My parents are always so supportive, and are so excited for me! They are already planning the trip to come visit. It's definitely easier to make big changes like this when my family stands behind my decisions.

Q: You announced a lot of big life changes coming up in the next little bit. What's it like to have so many big things happening at once?
Olivia: I'm actually really happy to have so many big things going on at once! I get to be in one of my best friends weddings this weekend which is so exciting (and slightly scary that I have friends that are getting married..) Graduation is coming up, and you and I are going to Europe! And from Europe we go back to South Carolina, I drive to Ohio and then fly to Alaska. I may get a little overwhelmed when May hits, but right now I am really happy to have so many positive things going on (especially since I've had mono for the last month, AKA nothing going on!)
Q: What advice do you have for other people that might have a big change coming up?

Olivia: Take the leap! Nothing is worse than turning down an opportunity that you will later regret turning down. If you have any inkling of wanting to do something crazy (when it comes to a job choice or career change) and an opportunity comes along, take it! I always play the "what's the worst thing that can happen" game. If it's not worse than dying, then I say go for it! 

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  1. Alaska is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. Though I just had a 3 day trip but it was incredible. Best wishes to your friend for the next stage of her life.


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