Kelly, You're The Greatest Friend I've Ever Had

Kelly, You're The Greatest Friend I've Ever Had, Let Me Tell You Why

We go back a long way, buddy!


Who would have thought that a friendship that started seven years ago has yet to fully blossom? Who would have thought that we would be attending the same middle school, high school, and college? I feel like it was more than fate that we became best friends. You are by far the greatest friend I've ever had, and the world wouldn't be the same without you.

You are one of the primary catalysts of my growth and development as a person. You're frankly one of the most understanding and considerate souls I have met, yet still very frank and down-to-earth. I love how we can tell each other pretty much everything, and that you are comfortable enough to tell me to my face that I am doing something wrong.

I appreciate the constant and healthy communication we have, and despite the several rocks and nosedives our friendship has gone through over the past year, I believe this communication is the reason why you are still my friend today. You've taught me to be far more sensitive to other people's pain, suffering, and other unfortunate circumstances, which has allowed me to in turn increase my sympathy, empathy, and compassion, traits that are so critical for me to practice medicine.

I have no idea how you manage to tolerate my outbursts of biochemistry, love for anime, ranting, gummy bears, and my overall weirdness. Unlike most people that I interact with on a daily basis, I can be 100% authentic around you, because I'm that comfortable. I still wonder what made you want to even be my friend, given my own flaws, interests, and insecurities.

There were times when I felt that I was simply unworthy of being your friend. For the seven years that I have known you, you have always had such a big heart of such staggering size that I just cannot emulate. You are such a kind person who inspires me to be better than I was yesterday, a person who can be more than just the sum of my parts.

We have gone through so much together, especially in the rough periods of junior year of high school, where we supported each other and kept each other sane despite the various tumults and adversities that plagued us. I profoundly remember Cartoon Club where we managed to raise so much money for charity. I remember our daily train rides and conversations. I remember when we wished to go to the same college so we wouldn't lose touch. I wonder how two people have the same personality type yet very different interests.

I can already tell that this is going to end on a cliche note, but that's okay. Despite the setbacks that we each face, we always bounce back, stronger than before. I sincerely hope that we manage to attend the same institution after college, and I can already tell from your intelligence, perseverance, and dedication to becoming greater than you were before that you will be successful. Take my word for it.

Kelly Wang, thank you for everything. Here's to an awesome future, and I promise you that I'll always have your back every step of the way.

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20 'Thank Yous' My Best Friends Need To Hear BEFORE The Semester Ends

Because I don't thank you enough.


When I decided to graduate a year early, I never thought about how hard it would be to say goodbye. The best part of my three-year journey at Florida State was the friends that I had made. The friends you meet in college are the friends you will never forget. Although in two weeks we will be miles apart, this is not the end of us-- this is a different type of forever. At this point, all I can say is thank you for making my time here unforgettable. Thank you:

1. For buying me Ice Cream when I had a bad day.

2. For pushing me out of my comfort zone. 

3. For teaching me the right way to do Happy Hour. 

4. For complimenting me when I wore that tight dress.

5. For forcing me to go to the library with you.

6. For *trying* to make me go to the gym.

7. For giving me great advice that you know I won't follow. 

8. For letting me borrow your new shirt even though you haven't even worn it yet.

9. For forgiving me when I get a little sassy.

10. For telling me I can do better. 

11. For reading my shitty articles. 

12. For ignoring my absolutely terrible singing. 

13. For laughing at my jokes. 

14. For roasting me in the group chat. 

15. For driving me to class when I was too lazy to find parking. 

16. For picking me up from class when I was too lazy to walk back home.

17. For lending me money because I really REALLY needed that extra guacamole.

18. For tolerating my annoying self after your stressful day.

19. For staying up late because I didn't want to watch the scary movie alone.

20. For being the best friends I ever had.


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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.


From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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