by Nicole Trilivas

 “Sometimes I remind myself that I almost skipped the party, that I almost went to a different college, that the whim of a minute could have changed everything and everyone. Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.”

-Anna Quindlen, Every Last One


I think inside happenstance is where we find the true magic in the world.

When I was applying for colleges I really wanted to go to NYU. When I look back on it, I can’t say why. I grew up outside of NYC so it wasn’t like I’d be experiencing a new city. But at the time I was dead set on it. When I got waitlisted, I remember crying in bed, devastated. I ended up getting into BU where I met the most amazing friends of my life, traveling all over the world with them. I got the best damn education there and my college experience was something out of beautiful, highly stylized film with a kickass soundtrack. Oh, how my life could have been so different. It was nothing short of magic that took me to BU instead of NYU. There’s no other way I can explain it. And though it felt like destiny, it was just happenstance.