4 Reasons Why Keara Is A Bestie

4 Reasons Why Keara Is A Bestie

Thank you, Keara, for being such a great friend. I love you.

Keara Cash, or commonly known as "Cash Money," is literally my bestie. Since the beginning of the semester, she has become one of my closest friends. We have suffered through endless labs together, fought our urges to sleep to finish all of our homework and find time to have a social life.

1. We struggle through homework together

Freshmen year is already stressful enough with adjusting to new surroundings, but on top of that, we took biology and chemistry in the same semester. With two major courses, we have endless amounts of homework. Thankfully, we have the same classes so we help each other.

2. She hates labs just as much as I do

As a part of the chemistry and biology requirements, students must take the appropriate lab with the lecture course. Just a little background information: lecture courses are way better. We perform experiments that can last for 3 hours or so which are fun, but minimal instruction is the downfall. Also, the critiquing the lab report is a pain, but she struggles through it with me.

3. She loves biology, I sorta like it

Biology, the study of life. I loved high school biology but college has helped me adapt to disliking it due to its enormous complexity. So when exam time approaches she helps me understand biology and I, the chemistry enthusiast, help her with chemistry.

4. We think alike

Since the very beginning, I knew that Keara and I were going to be besties because she is my clone. Often times, when we're having a conversation we'll say the same thing simultaneously. Also, we have the same morals and many of the same beliefs. Not only do we think alike, but many people think we look alike. People have asked questions like, "are you guys siblings?" Overall, we're the same person.

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You CAN Leave Your Sh*t Friend Behind, Even If You've Known Them Forever

Don't let guilt get in the way of you living your life.

Being a community college student is downright awkward, because you're still living in your hometown, yet you're always aiming to explore the world and get out of your comfort zone. There is never really anything taught to community college students when they leave high school about friendships, normally most people stick to their friend groups after high school ended, and others find new friends through their part time jobs. For me, most of my friends went away for college, and my best friend moved across the country (not going to name the place for privacy reasons). We met in elementary school when I switched schools, and she was one of the people who stood out to me the most because she looked like me and seemed lonely, so I tried befriending her. She already had a really close friend at the time, so it was difficult to become close to her, but nevertheless, we usually hit it off pretty well.

Nearing middle school I stuck with her and in turn gained a large group of friends, whom we all shared the same interests with anime and fandoms. Our group never had any drama, until we all hit high school and my friend at the time, who I was not super close with at this point, had beef with some other girls, and I felt it was best for me to leave the group for my own good.

For the next six months I tried making new friends, which I did, and started going out to football games and school dances because my old friends thought they were lame, which they weren't (I'm still holding a slight grudge against that). It wasn't until spring semester of my Junior year that my old friend made amends and apologized for ignoring me, and I thought she changed for the good. We started doing everything together, from going to Junior Prom, to going to our first Taylor Swift concert together, to taking matching graduation pictures together.

When I look back on all those events, there was always tension even in the good moments, which was most likely the reason I stayed. For example, our senior trip to Disneyland was sort of a disaster when she failed to tell the group I was with her feelings about a situation and I subsequently had a minor breakdown over it. My friend group at the time explained to me that this was terrible friend behavior, and that I was blinded by the longevity of our relationship. I now look back at this and realized I was even blinded by this notion two years later.

College started and everything was well, I was taking easy classes, and visited my friend at her school for Thanksgiving. The trip was everything you want traveling to be, experiencing a new city and all, and zero tension among friends. However in the subsequent months, we started drifting, and I didn't realize this until a few months ago. Our opinions on issues changed, ranging as small as ranking our favorite tv shows, to as large as taking stabs at how people in my college major, communication studies, are stealing her future jobs, and she was extremely unapologetic about it.

I only saw her once over the summer since I was working my second year at a summer camp, and took her to the beach with my friends from work, and I sensed a hint of jealousy from her because she was talking less to me personally. Another instance over the summer was her being angry over Instagram that she had no friends to hang out with over Fourth of July, even if I was a short text away, when I was hanging out with said friends.

Things didn't pick up steam until my sophomore fall semester, when I was hanging out with some old my friends from high school, and she shot me a quick text about why I was hanging out with them when I could be meeting new people. I replied with something along the lines of "it's just for a day no biggie", when I knew that she was shady since I knew her for years in my hometown and rarely replaced her.

At this time I was starting up a new relationship, which went well, until I told her who it was with and at this point a million red flags lit up telling the jumbo jet to brake. She told me everything she hated about this person and even said she was being threatened by him, since she wanted to be ahead of everyone in her class, they were classmates for one year, and gave me an ultimatum: him or me. I didn't know how to respond, and made some rookie mistakes about talking about a new relationship such as the "he makes me happy" response, so I told myself repeatedly responding to her is not a good idea unless she apologizes.

I stuck to my word, and it was hard, my feelings for my boyfriend faded in and out because of that, and it even had a strain on our relationship. I also kept telling myself that leaving a friend for a boyfriend is a bad idea, yet I eventually got to the rational conclusion that it's never a bad idea to leave a friend who harms you.

I posted something that I shouldn't have about my realizations about her to my finsta, and she went off on me, after a month of me not replying to her messages. The message accused me of not taking into consideration of her feelings, and painted me of playing the victim, we were both victims of our own demise in this situation, and further accused me of being a terrible friend to her. I could not form the words to respond since I felt like my own self-confidence would plummet, and the guilt stemmed from not being brave enough for replying. I was always told it's okay to leave a relationship without closure, but never a friendship, because platonic feelings are easier to explain.

Well I call sh*t on that, because it's okay to leave the things that cut off your branches and leave you dead. I always felt like I had to be the bigger person and stand my ground, but sometimes it's okay to lie in defeat if you're broken down by the ones closest to you.

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20 Times Abbi And Ilana From 'Broad City' Were You And Your Bestie

Ilana and Abbi are the definition of best friends.

Comedy Central has blessed us with the series "Broad City." Its quirky, funny entertainment has strong feminist overtones, and it also brings up some really good issues happening in the United States.

The show is about two 20-something-year-old best friends living in New York City. My roommates and I are constantly watching "Broad City" on repeat because of how relatable it is to our lives. Illana and Abbi perfectly sum up the ideal best friend relationship.

1. When you and your best friend spend under $30 on alcohol

2.When your best friend goes home with a new man and you want to know everything

3. When you and your best friend walk into a bar feeling yourself

4.When you hear someone talking s**t about your best friend

5. When you and your best friend go out drinking on 2 for 1 margarita night

6. When your best friend asks you to do something completely stupid

7. When you get a fat paycheck and buy your best friend food

8. When your best friend wakes up the next morning after a long night of drinking and late night munchies

9. When your best friend spills some juicy gossip

10. When you and your best friend ball out at the mall

11. When you and your best friend both see a cutie at the bar

12. When your best friend tells you something embarrassing you did

13. When your best friend runs into their other best friend

14. When your best friend is trying to mock you

15. When your best friend tell you about something amazing they did

16. When someone at a bar asks if you and your best friend want a drink

17. When you tell your best friend really good advice

18. When you and your best friend both had a sh*tty week, but you're just trying to stay positive

19. When your best friend spots a cutie eyeing you

20. When you always support your best friend's dreams and goals

Here's to all the Abbis and Ilanas out there!

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