Dear Manhattan community,
My name is Lauren Mertz and I am a senior here at Kansas State University. I am writing to you because I want to thank you; I graduate in May and I am coming to realize just how special the bond between campus and community is in Manhattan.
In thinking about my past four years in your arms, I could not be more grateful for your commitment to making students feel at home, instead of guests — others — for our temporary stay in your world. Despite our differences in lifestyle, age or economic status, I have always felt at home in Manhattan. I think the residents have a lot to do with the idea of “K-State Family,” and I see you exercise it each day.
I will miss you all and this place terribly, but thank you for making Manhattan a home, even if it is just for four years.
A sentimental senior.
Lauren Mertz is a senior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.