A Letter To My Best Friend On Her 21st Birthday

A Letter To My Best Friend On Her 21st Birthday

Not only is this the year we turn 21, but we also celebrate nine years of friendship. You are one of the most important people in my life, and have been for many years. No words can do our friendship justice, but for your 21st I'm going to try.

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I wish I could say we have one of those friendships where I remember the exact day and minute when we became friends, but we don't and I'm glad it's not that way. It was like all of a sudden you became a factor in my life one day and you haven't left since. It was middle school, so obviously I try to forget most of it, but could never forget you. I can also never forget that one time we sneakily went over to the local Walgreen's to try an energy drink for the first time and proceeded to have non-stop energy for about 12 hours.

Our friendship wasn't truly defined until we entered high school together. We talked and would see each other occasionally but never really got close outside of those few time. That was, however, until we ended up in the same awful dance class together. We slowly started to stick by each other's side to try and survive that class and our crazy teacher. Nothing says bonding in that class, unlike our end-of-the-year dance recital we HAD to participate in. We did each other's makeup, wore matching ugly costumes to perform a horrible dance, AND had to lead our group through the dance together.

After enduring the first two years of high school together, I found out that my neighborhood was being rezoned to a new high school and I was devastated. I thought I would be losing everyone and having to start over, and then you got the news that your neighborhood would be transferring too, and that's what brought us closer together. We were like what, two of the 20 people from our high school that were thrown in with hundreds of students from two rival high schools? Needless to say that Junior year was a mess, but we goofed around in class to make everything better. Never forget that Hawaii, in fact, does not currently have a queen.

Things always seem to come to an end, and thankfully that thing was high school. We somehow managed to survive senior year and walk to get our diplomas together. Through everything that we went through over those years in school, we still came out being closer than ever as we headed to the next chapter of our lives. I honestly didn't keep track, but I'm pretty sure we spent every day of that summer together. We took spontaneous trips (and swear on our lives we are never driving back to that dirty waterfall EVER again), and we were there holding each other's hands as we got our first tattoos together, and then you proceeding to practically catch me before I passed out after getting mine. You were there for everything, and I will never forget how hard it was saying goodbye to you as I not only drove away to college but drove away for good as my parents moved out of the state not even a month later.

You were always the person that could come right through the front door without even having to knock. You were the person that could always come over when you needed to get away from your family and vice versa. You were the person that became my second home, second family. You were also the person that I would get into stupid fights with that would blow over when we would forget why we were even mad in the first place.

Though those years of middle and high school are over, as well as me living down the street from you, I still find you being that person I look forward to talking to as often as we are able. You still are the person I can go to for anything, even just to talk on the phone to escape from my new home. Those calls that we make every now and then are always amazing because we can rant about our lives and be the cry-babies that we are with zero judgment from one another.

It's hard because we have had these nine years of friendship, and I never once even imagined trying to put all of it into writing. This article alone can barely even touch the surface of us and what you mean to me. Through all the changes in my life, I know I can always turn to you when I need just about anything. Now, I can't promise that we will live down the street from each other like before, but I can promise to always be a part of your life in any way you need.

You are a wonderful, strong, smart, and amazing woman. I'm sorry I cannot be there for your big day this year, but I hope this article can take my place. Happy birthday!

P.S. I almost put the worst picture of us in here, but I thought a cute throwback would be better and I will just use the embarrassing one for an Instagram post ;)

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

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.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

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