Forged By The Sea: To My Friends In The Navy

Forged By The Sea: To My Friends In The Navy

From your biggest cheerleader...
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It's hard to write a heartfelt article about your friends when you can hear their voices in your head laughing and making fun of you. Truthfully we aren't the kind of friends that are regularly sappy and emotional together--if at all. But there are somethings I would like them to know and there's a lot of things I want everyone to know because they're too humble to say it themselves.

One thing you should know about me right off the bat is that I wholeheartedly support and cheer on my friends in every life decision they make. So when my boyfriend Andrew introduced me to his friends in the Penn State NROTC program, I was instantly their biggest cheerleaders. I almost instantly became best friends with one of these friends, Jess. (Hi Jess hehe) Jess is one of the few strong women in the NROTC program at Penn State and is the most badass person I know. Diego, Klo, and Creamer came right along after that. These guys are the goofy ones making everyone laugh but at the same time, they know when to be serious and get shit done. I never knew that Andrew joining NROTC at Penn State would bring along the greatest group of people I have ever met.

Now to the part, they're going to make fun of me for:

Jess, Diego, Klo, and Creamer:

To start off I'd like to thank all of you for your willingness and readiness to serve our country. Not many people have the guts to chose that route for their life. Your courage and bravery do not go unappreciated. It takes a special person to be up studying all night, wake up at 4 or 5 am, workout, do physical fitness tests, drill team practices, maintaining your GPA, and much much more. You are those special people and I am very proud of all of you every single day for that.

It's hard to think that you're halfway to graduation and commissioning fully into the Navy. It's even harder to think that someday we all may be in different parts of the world. And although that will majorly suck, I know it will be equally, if not more, difficult for all of you to pick up and leave. Therefore, for every holiday, half-birthday, birthday, Penn State football game, and important life milestones, you will receive a novel of a letter letting you know all the drama at home and a small box of treats. I have already spent an insane amount of time researching this on Pinterest so I'm pretty much an expert now. I hope someday those letters and treats from home will bring you comfort.

I can't say enough how proud I am of all of you. And when the day comes, I will be sure to wear waterproof makeup at your commissioning.

Cover Image Credit: Micheal Browning

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To my beautiful best friend,

Warning: This letter is about to get extremely cheesy. I am talking four cheese lasagna cheesy. But no one deserves a love letter like this more than you do.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love for you. On this wondrous occasion with which most people express their love to their significant other, I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish our friendship.

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You are the ultimate love of my life. Boys have come and gone but you remain a constant; for that I am grateful. You have been there for me when my family could not be; for that I am grateful. You have been my backbone, my rock, and all those other clichés people use to describe the people they care about, and yet you have been so much more than that as well; for that I am grateful.

All my love this Valentine’s Day goes out to you, my friend, because you do not receive it enough. You have picked me up out of the dirt, brushed me off, and kissed my wounds more times than I can count, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that, but I am sure am going to try.

Thank you for the midnight cries. Thank you for the midnight laughs. Thank you for ordering way too much food with me and still just eating it all. Thank you for the advice, both solicited and unsolicited. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. Thank you for the silly pictures. Thank you for the stupid inside jokes. Thank you for making bad decisions with me. Thank you for laughing with me and laughing at me. Thank you for the endless memories.

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More than anything, I want you to know that I love you. I love you. You are the family I get to choose, the one I go to when I have nowhere else to turn. You are the one I know I can always run to, whether we saw each other yesterday or haven’t seen each other in a year. You have played a part in molding who I am as a person, and I am so grateful for having such an amazing person affecting my life in such a positive way.

With all the love in my heart,

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To My Best Friend At A Rival University

No amount of school rivalry could ever change our friendship.

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In high school, we were practically inseparable- you and I and all of our friends. Even though we saw each other every day during the week (when both of us decided to actually go to school, at least; senioritis was real and it was rough), we usually saw each other at least once over the weekend, whether it be a coffee date at Starbucks, a sleepover, or a trip to the movies.

We would go on spontaneous trips to the local ice cream shop (for us, it was Twistee Treat) far too often for our own good. We spent so many summer days at theme parks, followed by sleepovers that consisted of painting each other's nails, baking break-and-bake cookies, and falling asleep in the middle of 'Men in Black.'

Now, we attend rival universities. The stories we share involve names and places foreign to the other. We each have friends that know us apart from one another. Some days, we hardly get a moment to talk, other than sending funny memes back and forth through Instagram.

Though it may seem like being away at rival schools would hurt our friendship, I think it's only made us closer.

When I come to visit you (or you visit me), we always make the most of our time, knowing that it's limited. We often do the same things we would've done at home, but in new locations, which makes it even more fun. Sometimes, I wish we would've chosen the same school- because having your best friend with you, sharing new experiences is always better than not- but I know we're each happy where we are. We're making new friends and new memories, which makes for new stories to share with one another.

I know that I can share anything with you without fear of judgment, and I think you know the same.

Even though we can't just stop by unannounced anymore, planning weekend trips to visit one another is still really fun.

Sure, we go to rival universities and we will never agree on whose school is superior, but in the grand scheme, it doesn't even matter. Your school is extremely lucky to have you and in my eyes, you are what makes it great.

No matter the distance, no matter how strong the rivalry between our schools, you will always be my best friend and the memories we've cultivated throughout our friendship will never be forgotten. I can't promise I'll wear your school colors again (that was a one-time thing and does not diminish my love and respect for my school!), but I can promise that you'll always have a friend in me.

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