5 Things I Want To Thank My Best Friend For

5 Things I Want To Thank My Best Friend For

Because I don't say it enough.
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What would life be without friends by your side to enjoy moments with? We often times forget how special people are to us.

It is difficult to remember how important appreciation is to show. Not only to ourselves but to other people. Life gets so chaotic and we get so involved in ourselves and just enjoying friendships that we don't stop enough to give a shout out to the people that mean the most to us.

That's what this article is all about: giving appreciation to my best friend, who I don't let know enough how much I appreciate her.

1. Thank you for making golf so much better

There is not a single time where I pick up a golf club that I don't think about our fun times together. A game that is full of so much stress, mentally and physically, you were always able to make it so much more fun. Some of our stories are not appropriate for either this article or the golf course, but they continue to bring me so much joy. Thank you for pushing me to be my best on the course and off. Our journey from high school golf to college golf was one that I wouldn't trade for anything. Now, I get to be your biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and I cannot wait to see everything that the game brings for you.

2. Thank you for never walking out on me

I know I am not the easiest person in this whole world to deal with. I am sassy, outspoken, opinionated, stubborn and get cranky very fast. I will never forget those few months that we did not speak with each other. They were some of the longest months in my entire life. Most people would have stepped away from me and our friendship. But you decided to keep pushing. That heart to heart that we had was a night that I will never forget. Now we are back to bothering each other 24/7 and I wouldn't have it any other way. Our friendship has grown so strong and I am so happy. Little do you know, you're stuck in this friendship forever!

3. Thank you for supporting me, good and bad

Freshman year of college when we were roommates and exploring a whole new world. From nearly tripling the amount of students at our schools to making terrible decisions, it was all new. We got the joys of exploring it together!

No matter what choices I made, you supported them. When I made the terrible decision of talking to that one guy to when I wanted to skip class, you were always giving advice but supporting regardless of my decisions. That is so rare to find in a person and I am lucky enough to have a friend like you who does so without hesitation. You have helped me grow as a person by doing so and I am forever thankful for that.

You have pushed me through my own self-love and acceptance path that I have been trying to get on. You allow for me to open up to you and tell you things that I can't tell anyone else. You support everything in that and I appreciate it, more than you'll ever know.

4. Thank you for growing with me

Life cannot be complete without growth. People change as we grow older, it is part of human nature. A lot friendships do not make it past that point because the changes are too much for them. But you have allowed for me to grow and change and become my own person. You have stuck by my side throughout that process, as I have in yours, and we are stronger for it. You are constantly showing how proud you are of me and that means the world to me. Without that support and your pushing me, I wouldn't have met my boyfriend, got the job I have, or see different things (especially the Grand Canyon). You've truly affected my life by pushing me straight into it.

5. Thank you for being you

As cheesy as that sounds, you have gone through so much in this past year. You've truly become who you are and it has been such an amazing thing to watch. I am glad that I have been a part of this journey of self-acceptance and self-love that you have been on. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. You are a gifted person with such a bright future ahead of you. Your presence can change a room. Your laughter can make my day. And your personality contrasts mine in a way that allows me to think about things differently. I cannot wait to see where you continue to go in life, because I will be there alongside every journey you go on!


The years are zipping by us and I feel as though we are growing old together. So here's to many more years of you being my fake girlfriend, the many wine bottles that will be drank, and the countless memories that are going to be made. I can't wait to grow old with you and continue to make fun of each other.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel Stoneburner

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

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I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

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