Yes, I am endlessly thankful to have local friends now. Even though I am moving away, which seems ironic. But I feel good about leaving.
In yuma, I think i already have friends set up - there is an outdoor meetup club, and they checked into my background and already made me an organizer. ha! I found that amusing. I don't particularly like organizing events for others, but i welcome their way of welcoming me.
How amazing to be on your last semester. This seemed like such a far away goal for you, not long ago.