Three years ago this month I dedicated myself to TerpSecret — and some things just never change.
This site and I have seen tremendous ups and downs, but I’ve learned more from this project than I ever could have imagined, and a piece of my heart will always belong here.
So many of you have let me into your lives without knowing who I am, and by doing that you’ve all let me see a perspective of the world I’ll never lose sight of.
I’ve seen hate, anguish, pain and hopelessness like I never thought could exist, but I’ve also the same amount of love, compassion, determination and forgiveness come in many forms — whether it was submitted as a secret, sent to me in an email, or directed at another anonymous figure with whom you felt you could relate; I have seen more emotion from strangers than I ever have from the people I know and see every day.
And to me, that makes you all part of a distant family that I love dearly.
I couldn’t have accomplished any of what I’ve accomplished here without you all. I can only hope that I’ve helped some of you through your personal struggles the same way you’ve helped me through mine.
Thank you all for the love you’ve shown me and the trust you’ve given me. I’ll continue to support you as long as there’s at least one person in this world who needs that support.
According to Timehop, TerpSecret was booming on April 1, 2013. Let’s continue the trend, guys!
University of Maryland community,
The news of a murder-suicide in our home away from home between our own peers really shocked us all this morning; at least, I know it shocked me. Today is the day to come together as a student body to support those affected by this tragedy. Keep the victims and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
President Wallace Loh released a statement this morning, which included the following:
“During times of loss, community and support are essential components for understanding and healing. I ask that the entire University of Maryland family come together during this time of grief. On campus, our places of worship and the Counseling Center are open for those who need support and comfort. Ours is a university of great resolve. Together, we will emerge from our collective sadness.”
The Help Center opened early today at 12:30 p.m. and will remain open until 2 a.m. Tomorrow, the office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
UMD Help Center Contact: 301-314-4357
Don’t hesitate to seek help and support if you need it — whether it be from the university or simply from your friends and family; and as always, I’m here if you need me.
With the tenacity that this university has, I know we can get through this.
Stay strong, Terps.
As we’re all gearing up for a new semester, don’t forget to keep spreading the word about TerpSecret! Incoming freshman to graduating seniors–there are a lot of people who still don’t know about the TerpSecret community!
Keep the secrets coming and enjoy the last few days of summer!
Whoever sent me this didn’t give me an e-mail address to reply to, so I just wanted to thank you for sending it to me! It’s so cute haha I really appreciated it!
I got my free hug today outside of McKeldin library from students at the Help Center!
They will be out there every Friday in April from 12:00-2:00 pm.
I also wanted to thank them for the support they gave me when I told them I was from TS. Thanks a lot, guys! I love what you’re doing! Keep sharing the hugs and smiles! 🙂
So I just discovered the WordPress added the feature where I can see where in the world people are viewing TerpSecret from.
I never expected it to leave Maryland’s campus, let alone the United States!
Here’s some cropped screen shots from my computer. TS has reached 37 countries around the world! This is so awesome!
(Click on it, it’s a gallery. They’ll get bigger.)