You have always been someone I could talk to about anything and get advice from. You were my road roomie last year and helped show me the ropes when I was a freshman. This year especially you have meant so much to me. I know I can rely on you to laugh at my jokes, and I am glad to be your sounding board anytime! I'd say our senses of humor match pretty well, and I don't ever want you to not be around. But, I know your charm and nutty personality will land you with an awesome career and you'll do fantastic things. I will only take part responsibility in your successes :)
Love you-- Magaggie
I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to play with you for three years. Not only have you taught me about the game and helped me see what it is to be a part of the Penn State volleyball tradition, your outgoing, energetic, loving personality is inspirational. But we do have a very skilled ability to harmonize our singing...minus the having voices part...you must be rubbing off. There's no one that could possibly replace you as my stretching buddy, but I will try my best to pass down your looney-ness. And you will always be appreciated.
Love you-- Farmer Ted
You have been such a great teammate to me the years I've gotten to spend with you. You are always someone I know I can talk to. You have a great heart, and you're a hell of a player on the court. You have given me key advice at times and I wont ever forget it. I hate to see you leave, but I know you are going places and you will succeed at whatever you choose to do. You will be missed dearly but we will keep in touch, LOVE YOU TWIN :)
The thing I like about you most is there is nothing that can bring you down. You always are having fun no matter what it is, and I know its hard but its that great optimistic view you have. The days I cant seem to find a reason to be upbeat you're always there to lend your hand. On top of that you've been a great teammate, talking to us and giving me info from the sidelines. You are so fun to play with and I'm grateful I could learn from you, you and your positive attitude will be missed. Love you girl!
Marika & Carp,
I know y'all always stress to all of our team that we need to enjoy and take advantage of our time hear because it goes by faster than we could imagine. I can honestly say these past two seasons have made me realize just that. I could've never imagined that the time would come so quickly for me to be writing y'alls senior thank you notes. The two of you have made such an impact on my time here at Penn State so far. Y'all have taught me what Penn State Volleyball is truly supposed to be about. The dedication and effort the two of you put into making this team better doesn't go unnoticed. Not having both of you around this team next season is going to be tough, but I know that y'all are taking the next step in bettering your lives. All that I ask is that the two of you go out into the world and make an impact on the next group of people y'all surround yourself with as you did with me. Thank you for everything!
Thanks for being so supportive this year. You set a great example everyday at practice by how hard you compete and how much the team means to you. Thanks for helping us as freshman find our way here at PSU and as members of the team. You were the player I was most looking forword to playing with here at PSU, and the player I enjoy playing with the most. I've learned a lot from you. I'll really miss you next year even though I won't have to worry about what I say:) Lot's of luck in the future.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement you given me this season. You were always looking out for us with classes and volleyball and it was good to know that you were available to help whenever we needed it, a.k.a. giving us rides over the summer:) It won't be the same without you next year. I'm going to miss you tons! Best of luck in the future.
You are like family to me. I have gotten to know Penn State so well over the past few years and I honestly can't think of it without you. You are such a strong and compassionate leader that I find very appealing. Some days are tough, but they seem bearable with your contagious smile and personality. You are a truly great person with a heart as large as anyone for the game. You are one to always have another's back when they are struggling, or in our case "I got your leg, I got your leg." I wish you the best of luck in your future. I love you Carp!
You are one of the sweetest and most down-to-earth girls I have ever meet. You have a heart of gold and you are always someone who can give great advice. Your work ethic is one that I envy and strive to match every day. A compassionate and loving combination like yourself is hard to come by. I'm going miss you so much next you. You were a great leader and I wish you the best of luck in your future. I love you Makie!
When I think back on my days as a recruit it is inevitable for you to be included in those memories. You made all my visits amazing ones and I want to thank you. It is because of those times you took to help me see what PSU was all about and to make sure I had a nice time that I am here at this amazing program. You have always told it like it is to me and helped me with good advice whenever I asked for it. I admire your love and pride for our school: I really believe you embody a true Penn State heart. You will be missed! P.S. My mom still calls you "la Boricua" haha ;)
I'll get right to the point, you are one of the best and most loyal teammates I have ever had. You have always been there for me no matter what. Starting with my official visit when you went to dinner with Coach and I, you let me stay in your house, and you even took me to the airport at 4 am in the morning! In spring when I got here early, you were there as well. When I got my wisdom teeth out, you and Ryan (who I will give a huge shout out for being so nice, genuine, and awesome! I am so grateful for you as well. For all your help, advice and genuine talks!) took great care of me, and let me stay in your house again. In the summer, when you refused to let us freshman walk to the track and picked us up at 6 am for every conditioning. In fall, with my injury you have always made sure to include me in everything and ask me how I am doing and trying to help in any way you can. Teaching me all about the Latvian culture and language which I am now so interested in. All in all, what I am trying to say is that you are such a genuine, great and caring person. Never afraid to stand up for what is right and for the people you care about. One of the best teammates I have ever had. So hardworking, strong and a true role model. You have touched my heart and I will miss you greatly. Lastly, I want to thank Andra and Woonie for doing an amazing job of raising such a great woman with great values and heart. Your parents have been amazing with me as well. I will greatly miss them as well and hope they come to see our games after you've graduated. I will end with a quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." I will never forget how you've made me feel. Thank you.
I consider Mak the big sister that I never had. Not only was her family more than extremely welcoming to let me into the Penn State Family, but Marika especially was there every step of the way.
From the first day of even being a recruit, Mak was the first one to shake my hand and introduce herself to me and my entire family, then following always came Carp with the big bear tackle.
As I was the last of the freshman to get to Penn State due to nationals, I missed the team vacation and trip to Mak's beach house. However Mak of course didn't forget to include me as much as she could. In fact, I remember scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook to see a picture of the entire team in NYC with a caption, " We miss you Kendall". I eagerly showed my mom and with big watery eyes said look mom! My new family, see! Don't worry they'll take care of me".
Later, once finally united with the team, Mak always joked to Lara and I, " Yay my little blondies. We've got to stick together"... and so we have!
She always took one for the team, literally, probably getting hit in the head more than anybody else and myself right there behind her. But in all seriousness, I have never met, or played with a better team player. Especially at a program like this, we are all so talented, aggressive, and eager to get our playing time that sometimes the little green monster can put blinders on us and get the better of us. Although she understands like the rest of us, that every day is always a competition, she never loses the more important fact in that, we are teammates first. Mak has always been willing to do anything for the betterment of the team... even willing to be my roommate and put up with my constant snoring and sleep talk. All kidding beside, I think she is one of the strongest most amazing girls I have ever played with and for that I am so thankful. Thank you for being one of the best senior teammates a girl could ask for. I hope one day our future freshmen can think as highly of me as I do you.
Best of Luck in the Future, I know you will go far and brighten the world with your talent and beauty.
Love you Mak!
B side Baby!
If I had to choose one thing that I was going to take away from meeting a person like Carp it would be, "Make sure you are doing what makes you happy".
During preseason, while at dinner at her favorite, Texas Roadhouse I sat there exhausted and starving after a long 3 session day of practice. We had all had a tough day, but you would have never guessed so once you took a look at Carp beaming sitting across from me and humming along as she buttered her rolls. I kind of just stared at her, wondering how on earth this girl is literally the energizer bunny. And she asked me, "Kendall, what makes you happy?" What seems like a simple question, actually caught me off guard. I've never been asked that before. Anytime before that I might have simply said, "Well volleyball, duh." But at the time, I was hating my body, the thought of another practice, or even the thought of doing anything else but sleeping. Carp then gave some examples and rambled on about how she loves leaving fun little post it notes for people, never the boring yellow ones, but the fun shapes and fun colors, and also watching people smile when they read happy or cute text messages. "The little things you know, it's actually what get you through the big hard things".
In wraps, if there were a person I wish everyone could have or even just meet for a second in their lives, it would be Carp. I promise you, you will never walk away the same or without a smile and a little giggle in your heart.
So I would like to thank her for the best hugs, the best laughs, for all of the free and contagious smiles, and for making me feel at home and realizing that I do belong here.
While looking through some quotes, I just laughed at a couple because I could totally see her saying these...
- "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
- "Oh, I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug 10 people at a time!" - Drew Barrymore
- "Cats are magical. . .the more you pet them the longer you both live."
- "Friends are like balloons, if you let them go, you can't get them back, So I have tied you to my heart....So that I will never lose you".
Luvv you Carp! - Keep shining your smile and awesomeness on this World
I have really enjoyed playing with you for the past 2 years. You are a great leader on and off the court, and I am going to miss your positive energy. You have been so dedicated to this program and I want to make this season last as long as it possibly can for you.
Peace and BLESSANGSS,
Lacey Ann Fuller the 1rst.
I am really going to miss you! You always are smiling and going hard in practice. You are the person who got me through preseason. I don't know where I would be now without our pregame eiffel towers. I hope we finish this season out with a win!
I honestly can not believe it has already been three seasons playing with you. Just by being around you on the court and listening to you talk I have learned more then I could have ever imagined from a single teammate. You have been such an amazing role model for the pride and hard work that this program is all about. I know that you had your good and bad times when it came to playing but you always kept your head held high and smile on your face. You honestly don't know how much that helped me to stay positive through even the most frustrating of times.
As far as this year being your roommate I have had an absolute blast. Some of the crazy things that you Dom and I have gotten ourselves into or even the conversations we have had will be things I will never forget. I couldn't ask for a more drama free and easy going group, and it's just a perk that we have so much fun!
I am seriously going to miss you come next year. I hope that you get to do all the great things that you want to and more. You really are an amazing person and I am going to miss you both on the court and at home more then you can even imagine.
I Love You!!!!
You are truly an incredible individual do you know that? You are one of the very few, if not the only person, who honestly could say nothing bad about any other individual. Even if you have ever right to be angry with someone you always have his or her back. That is truly the definition of a great friend. All you want to do is help in every way that you can and the energy you put forth, even when you are downright exhausted, is admirable in every way possible. I love playing with you, and girl when we are clicking we just can't be stopped! Watching you improve just from my freshman year to now has been so much fun I'm so proud of you and I honestly don't know how I will get through practice without you. I really wish you luck in everything that you plan on doing in the future and just know that I am supporting you in every way that I can. I will miss you so, so much and all I have to say is you had better come back and visit!!!
I Love You!!!!
To the person who always kept me smiling, next year won't be the same without you. Your positive attitude and infectious smile meant more than you'll ever know. I remember the first day I met you at a club tournament when we were in high school and your energy was just as infectious then as it is now. My parents and I fell in love with your personality that day and it has just grown more and more as the years have gone by. Practice surely won't be as comical without your inappropriate jokes and one-liners. You are the best all-around player I've ever been around and will truly miss you next year. Good luck in anything and everything that you encounter. Your next employer will be very lucky to have such a great person like you working for them.
Summer days won't be the same without the struggles of putting together our pool for the backyard and the endless days of sunbathing on the lawn chairs. You are truly one of the best teammates I have ever played with. You care so much about the team and each one of us. You helped so much in my decision to come to Penn State and from then on I knew we were going to be great friends. Next year won't be the same without you but I know your going to become a great businesswoman like your mom and have many great things yet to come.