To My College Besties, Thank You For Everything

To My College Besties, Thank You For Everything

I’ll cherish your friendship forever.

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My uncle always told me that college would be the place where I'd make friends that'll be in my life forever. Of course, he was right as I've made friendships with people that i'll have in my life forever. I cherish our laughs, memories, relationship and everything in-between.

Although I am close with many other people. These are the people that I've had an instant connection with since day 1. These people stood by my side through thick and thin and I know that throughout the rest of my time I will be able to look back and be happy that I made some truly amazing friends.

1. Dear Paige

Aurora Harris

From the first selfie we ever took together I knew we were going to be the closest of friends. From living down the hallway in our dorms freshman year to living in an apartment together our friendship has grown into one of my favorites. You are a beautiful intelligent girl spreading positive energy with your upbeat outgoing personality.

You say you have a wall built up to avoid being hurt but you don't even know how strong you really are. You are my favorite person to make impulse decisions with and our friendship is one of a kind but I love every second of it. I can't wait to see where our friendship takes us in the future and hopefully we can still play expert on guitar hero when we're old and wrinkly.

Thank you for being you and always being my Paige.

2. Dear Cheyene

Aurora Harris

When I found out you were one of my roommates freshman year, I of course like any other person looked you up on every social media platform to see what you were like. At first I was skeptical as any person is when receiving a roommate they don't know prior to coming to college. After getting to know you first semester you have become one of my favorite people!

We connect because we come from a similar lifestyle and it has made us grow closer as friends. I'm so lucky to have met a smart wise girl like you. Who would've thought that a girl you've only known for one school year would become a person you get an apartment with? I love you and I thank you for always being there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on at 2 a.m. when i'm freaking out over nothing.

3. Dear Hayden

Aurora Harris

Hayden, I wish we were this close last year also. I feel cheated at the fact that we've only been tight for a couple months. You are the bomb.com and I've never had a friend like you. You are goofy and funny and have the kindest heart in the whole wide world!

Thank you for making breakfast or inviting me over for dinner and letting me wrap your Christmas presents. Your kind soul is one that I will be a big fan of forever! You're always there when I need to vent or if i'm simply just bored out of my mind. Either way, I'm extremely thankful that I got to know you better and grow closer as friends as we take care of our build-a-bear buddy. Thank you for being the coolest dude ever and coming into my life, becoming one of my closest friends.

4.Dear Caleb

Aurora Harris

The first time we met we instantly connected because you complimented my shirt and I was obsessed with the color of your shorts. From that point on we've been partners in crime running around "skeeting." I would not trade our friendship for the world.

There may be times were we don't disagree or the world may seem like it's against your thoughts but just know that I will always be proud of you. You have overcome darkness by finding your own light and you are on your way to doing great things. I love every silly moment we've shared together and I’ll never forget all of our laughs.

5. Dear Morgan & Kat & Maddie 

Aurora Harris

I had to put the three of you in one because you three lived down the hall from me in the dorms and also are from my hometown. It shocks me how we all are from the same home town but never knew of each other before college. I couldn't picture my life without the three of you because it honestly just wouldn't be the same.

I can always count on any of you to "gas" me up before going out to a party and to just laugh at each other for being silly. From going out to dinner for each others birthdays to becoming close friends I truly admire each of you as you all are three of the best souls I know. Laughter, beauty, and true loyalty are my favorite qualities about each of you. There will be many more years of me running and jumping on your beds to tell you happy birthday.

6. Dear Matt

Aurora Harris

MATT!!!! You have got to be one of the most awesome boy I've ever met. From day one we have been two peas in a pod. My favorite thing about you is that I could text you at any time of the day and tell you I'm bored and you'll come over and watch a Christmas movie with me. You're goofiness is my favorite quality because i'm just as goofy so our personalities compliment each others. I thank you for always having my back, I can always count on you.

If only Christian were still here at CSU we'd have our little posse back together.

7. Dear Gabe 

Aurora Harris

Saved the best for last I guess. I'm so glad we met at orientation because coming into college last year you were one of the only people I really knew besides Bethany. I could go on and on about how much I appreciate our friendship. You are a goofy boy with a big heart and I love when we hate on Paige for not liking Domino’s pizza, because let's be real it's 10x better than Papa John's.

Thank you for never judging me and always giving me your wise words when I was going through a hard time. I can always come to you about anything and have a better mindset after you spoke some sense into me. I always tell people you're my favorite friend I've made at college. I'm proud of you and I will miss you when you leave for the Air Force very much.

Thank you for giving me light and allowing me to be the person I am. Without you all I wouldn't be the person I am today. I will forever hold each of you in my heart as we grow up and continue suffering through college, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Much love. -A

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Hey ECU, We Really Need Some More Parking, But Sure, Go Ahead And Spend The Money On ANOTHER Student Center

Seriously, who decides what our tuition should be spent on?

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I get the "I'm here" text, and I bound down the stairs and plop myself into my friend's car. "Where can I park?" Craning my neck to search for an empty spot, I reply, "Wherever you see an open spot. This is war." We spend the first 15 minutes of our visit together driving around, waiting for those blessed white lights to signal someone leaving.

Later on that night, my friend mentions they're hungry. I hype them up to go to the new student center, given all the options. "Should we drive to it?"

I laugh, "And give up our spot?" We pull up the bus schedule and wait for the next one.

While munching on Canes' chicken, we sit and talk. "This place is HUGE." I shrug, and then they ask, "You don't like it?" I sigh and proceed to tell them what I'm about to tell you.

I love the student center. It's cool. A nice place to do homework, and it does give more options for food. But I remind my friend about our parking ordeal. "We need more parking but… Did they spend our money to build this instead? We didn't NEED this."

This may not seem like a big deal, but this isn't the only problem students have on campus.

We are shocked when we have hot showers. We are paying literal thousands to be here, and yet hot showers is a treat. Isn't that kind of a basic expectation?

There are about 400 students living in my residence hall, but we only have about 16 clothes washers and dryers. People won't move their stuff in a timely manner, so we have to wait (or some people just take your clothes out).

My friend is having to go on the "Elimination Diet", due to the fact that she constantly breaks out into heat rashes all the time, which may actually be allergic reactions to some food she's eating. But how can she even maintain this when the dining halls really offer no healthy food options?

Buses are continuously overcrowded. But we will see buses continuing routes, with the words "NOT IN SERVICE". People stand around and wait for the next one.

When walking to the library from my dorm (because the bus is overcrowded), I can spot an unfinished, unnecessary sidewalk that ends in the middle of… nowhere. They took the time and resources to build a sidewalk with no purpose.

I'm not trying to complain. I'm trying to bring attention. We have a new student center, but we can't have hot showers?

I feel like things need to be re-prioritized.

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