Let me just say, right off the bat, I don't want to bash Aishia or Melissa tonight - they both played really amazing games, and if you vote for either of them, I'll be happy for them because they deserve it. Good luck, you two!
I still can't believe I'm here, to be honest. I came into this game thinking, "Oh, I'll just play up the character of this crazy old lady into conspiracies and aliens and not take things seriously". And for the first few days, as I'm sure a lot of people can attest to (especially Grahame, we literally called ourselves the Oddball Alliance xD), I was pretty crazy and just enjoying myself and making friends. But once the first swap happened, I really snapped into the game and started playing, and I think that's also the point when I made really strong bonds with people like Sami/Melissa/Aishia, among others. Then when the merge hit, and I actually realize, "Oh my gosh, I have a chance to win this thing!". After that, I had more determination than anything to reach this point at the final three. And, well, somehow it worked, and I'm here asking for your vote before you today.
I don't want to sound corny, but I really did grow so much during this experience. There's so much I'm gonna take with me into the real world after this, and so much I've learned about the human experience as a whole. I learned a lot about myself and how I act under stress, how I value honesty versus strategy, how I deal with keeping secrets, and how I can juggle the friendships I made with so many of you guys. None of that stuff was fake or strategic, y'all are genuinely cool people that I loved to get to know. Trust me, if there was the option for a Final 10, I would've taken it!
In the end, I understand some of you are probably mad at me for some of the things I did to you in the game, and I totally get that. At the same time, I'm really proud of the game I played. I feel like I balanced a strong social game with making moves, and even after I was labeled as "Most Social Player" and "Person Really in Control of the Game" I was able to go under the radar without receiving a vote (not counting the Black Vote) up until the final four. I also voted for each and every one of you, meaning I voted for the person who went home every cycle.
Anyway, I'm not gonna ramble on about all the stuff I did since I figure I'm boring y'all enough as it is, and I'd love to get straight to answering your questions and hearing you guys out in this important decision you have to make. No matter what happens, though, I can't wait for us to crack open a virtual champagne bottle and have a good laugh over this game once it's all over. So cheers to such an extraordinary experience!