An Open Letter To My BFF Who Can't Come To College With Me.

An Open Letter To My BFF Who Can't Come To College With Me.

How am I going to survive my freshman year without you?
5
views

Dear BFF,

Yes, I know there are a million and one of these letters, but this one is specifically for you.

First off, I just want to say congrats on making it to your second year of college, yay! You have the advantage of already knowing your way around your campus, where all of you classes and lectures are, and how to cram for a test on less than four hours of sleep, (and I’m sure you know a lot more). For me, it’s like a whole new world.

As you know, I’m beginning my freshman year of college in the fall, which is exciting - yet terrifying. The exciting part is, despite everybody’s doubts, I finally made it! I get to go off on my own and see what life is like as a college freshman living on campus. Here’s the terrifying part. It’s 119 miles away from you. I know that two hours doesn’t seem like that long of a drive, but it feels like forever compared to the thirty second drive that we used to have back in our hometown.

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the fact that you won’t be there through every little milestone I make throughout my first year in college. I’m going to need you there the minute I meet a boy, or when I fail my first test. I’m going to need you there to keep me sane when I’m cramming for midterms, or even to just grab a late night snack at the dining hall. Basically, I’m going to need you there 24/7.

Even if I never acted like it, (because you and I both know I suck at showing my emotions), I really do look up to you. If we’re being honest, you’re probably one of the biggest inspirations in my life. Even though you’re less than a year older than me, you always feel the need to act like a second mother to me and although I find it annoying at times, I know I’m going to miss that.

I know I’m going to make it through and make a ton of new friends, but obviously none to replace you. I am looking so forward to the many late night phone calls and FaceTime dates that we are going to have throughout the year.

Thank you for shaping me into the person I am today and for sticking by my side all these years. I can’t wait to share with you all of my crazy experiences of my first year of college.

Remember, my dorm room is your dorm room.

Love you forever.

Xoxo,

Me

Popular Right Now

8 Things I Have Not Thanked My Best Friend Forever For In, Well, Forever

Thank you for always being the best.
28643
views

1. Being there through it all, even if you're not "physically" there

We can't always be together, but you have never completely "left" me behind and have been there with me through thick and thin and I am so grateful.

2. Being my biggest cheerleader

Thank you for not only being there through the bad, but also celebrating my victories with me. I can always look forward to telling you good news because I know you'll be happy right along with me.

3. Answering my "important" phone calls

Whether it's a "he texted me back!!!" phone call, or an "I found a gray hair, please help!!" phone call, you pick up the phone and hype up with me no matter what.

4. Being selfless, and going above & beyond to make sure I know I'm worthy

This explains itself and I am so grateful for that.

5. Brushing my hair when I don't feel like it

Okay, this probably sounds silly... But it's the greatest struggle to brush my hair and I'm glad you do it for me sometimes!

6. For being there through all of my mini-crises

You already know what I'm talking about here...

7. For talking me out of things

If it wasn't for you talking me out of things, I'd probably have quit my job, be dating a horrible guy, got my eyebrow pierced, etc.

8. Making me a part of your family

I'm too lucky to have you all as my second family.

Cover Image Credit: Personal Photo

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

College Taught Me To Open myself Up

To all my new friends - I was TERRIFIED of meeting you for the first time

41
views

It has been almost two years since I first landed in the city which I now consider my second home. It is only fitting that I look back at my experience here at (THE) Ohio State.

In the fall of 2016, I was an 18-year-old international student from India, with my only experience of America coming from my favorite TV shows. I was still in the habit of writing color as "colour" and favorite as "favourite" (still stand by those spellings, though).

I was excited to have new surroundings around me and tons of new people to meet, but those very thoughts were the ones that gave me anxiety just thinking about them. I was never good at social interactions. But two years since, it is safe to say that I have come a decent length of the way (I won't say long because that would not be true.) Besides evolving as a person, I also picked up on a lot of new things in my freshman and sophomore years, and I hope that it turns out to be relatable to a lot of people.

I was always very awkward at social interactions. Just the thought of meeting someone new or presenting something in front of people would start the dominoes falling. My heart would start beating faster, my palms would start getting sweaty (knees became weak and arms became heavy), my mind would start spouting random thoughts at a 1000 miles per second, and I would just start dreading the future. I used to get an adrenaline rush by just answering a question in class or even asking a question in class (I still do. It's scary, okay?). There are many such examples, but there is no need to get so deep into the details; you get the gist.

Looking back at all of this, I feel very accomplished in saying that I am not the same awkward guy I was 2 years back. Don't get me wrong, I am still very awkward, just not to that extent. I have started opening up to people and making more and more friends. I've even started answering more in class. College has really done wonders for me.

Being a college student, and especially one at a big university like OSU, you can't not come out of your shell. Opportunities to make new friends and speak are always around you. Some of my favorite moments include swaying to Carmen Ohio with strangers standing next to me after each football game, or singing Piano Man at 2 am at Acacia, or even just walking down High Street on a Friday night, dishing out as well as collecting high fives from every passing person.

Being an international student also plays a major role in my "glow-up." Being so far away from home, with very few people speaking your language, and being thrust in the middle of unfamiliar surroundings does tend to evolve one and show one's true grit. I wouldn't be the same person that I am right now had I stayed back in India, where things were more familiar. Here I knew no one when I first came, so I was forced to go out and meet new people, and boy am I glad that I did that.

With a big college like OSU having so many people, there are bound to be people of every type. Like I have told others as well, if you feel that you don't fit in right now, do not worry. You are bound to find your niche soon. Everyone does. Everyone eventually settles into their own group, but that does not mean that you stop meeting new people. Chances are provided at every corner, especially the beginning of every semester when you see new faces in your classes (yes, this place is huge. You see new faces everywhere you look).

Looking back at these two years, I am glad that I convinced myself to come out of my shell of social anxiety and grasp the opportunities presented to me. I found people who thought like me, were kind to each other, and knew how to have a good time, while also being there for each other when the situation presented itself.
(I am looking at you, Hammock Club, and you, Rez B**ches, and you, all my friends)

Four years is a long time to live through if you stick to what you thought was comfortable. Everyone needs to step outside of their comfort zones to confront their fears. My fear was of talking to new people, and while that still remains, I believe I am on a steady rise towards getting over it.

Two years went by in a jiffy, but looking back, I am glad to see that the Abhigyaan Bararia of 2018 is miles apart from the Abhigyaan Bararia of 2016.

Cover Image Credit:

Abhigyaan Bararia

Related Content

Facebook Comments