First EMpressions

By Nicole Curtis

I was at a party my University was throwing when I saw my friend Kirsti. Behind her was this blonde headed girl who stopped at almost every person she saw to say hello. Kirsti kept trying to draw this girls attention back to the mission they were on and away from the people, but this girl obviously did not care; she ignored Kirsti and continued greeting them one-by-one.

I knew this wildly social girl had to be Emma, the sister I’d heard Kirsti talk so much about.

She must have been the most outgoing person I’d ever seen; it seemed like she knew everybody at the party and I could not wait until it was my turn to meet her. After a few songs (and a few awkward encounters with other freshmen who, like me, were pretending to be more extraverted than they actually were), it was my turn to meet the girl everyone talked about. I was beyond thrilled, this was the moment I had been waiting for.

I reached my hand out to greet her with a huge smile on my face and said, “Hi Emma, I'm Nicole. I'm friends with your sister Kirsti and have heard so much about you. I’ve been looking forward to meeting you for so long.” Her response was not at all what I expected.

She spit on my forehead.

Now, I'm not talking about a small piece of spit that accidentally comes out of someone’s mouth while they are talking and you pretend not to notice.

No, I'm talking about a full on loogy. 

My facial expression drastically changed from overwhelming enthusiasm to total shock. I quickly took the sleeve of my sweater and rubbed with intense pressure the residue off of my forehead and tried to maintain some calm small talk while processing what had just happened to me.

I’d later learn that Emma had just gotten her braces tightened, so she would spit to sooth the pain, and I would also later find out that this loogy spitting, social butterfly of a girl would forever change my life and become one of my dearest friends. 

After spending some time with her I realized that—despite the occasional loogy--Emma is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met.

If you ever watch her at any social gathering, she will find the person who feels most unaccepted and out of place and bring them into the center of attention where they eventually find their place. She has this incredible ability of knowing exactly what people are going through and how to be the perfect comforter; when you are hurting she will feel the pain with you and somehow make you laugh about it. This girl has taught me more about being genuinely kind and true to myself than anyone else I know.

I was a shy, insecure Freshmen girl who was trying way too hard to fit in and felt rejected by everyone, including myself. Emma helped to change that.

She would have me dress up in colorful costumes and perform Frozen (over and over and over and over again) until I remembered how to be silly and have fun. She reminds me not to take myself too seriously.

She is the most confident person I have ever met, always being exactly who she wants to be regardless of what anyone thinks of her. This tremendously helped me get over my natural tendency to people please. Because of the way she loves herself, I have learned that it’s okay to be confident and it’s okay if people don't like who you are—life is too short to be living for everyone else.

Emma has taught me that the worst (or maybe weirdest) first impressions can create the most meaningful friendships. Emma Mutz is one of the most loyal, compassionate people you could ever meet. She loves unconditionally and has always been a safe friend for me to turn to.

And to think it all started with a loogy…

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