My Best Friend And I Are Closer Than Ever, Even 462 Miles Apart

My Best Friend And I Are Closer Than Ever, Even 462 Miles Apart

Not everything great about college has to be new.

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At the end of summer, I was reunited with my best friend for the first time in weeks. I was also saying goodbye to her before she went to Mizzou and, one week later, I would go to Miami. She spent most of the summer playing tennis competitively, and I had traveled for a few weeks.

But this had been the case for our final two years of high school when she bounced between Illinois and Florida for tennis training. We talked on the phone and FaceTimed throughout those years, but there was a disconnect because she didn't know what was going on at my school, and I didn't understand her life of tennis.

As I got settled at Miami, I tried to text and call my friends from home when I had the chance. I call my friend from Mizzou when I walk across campus, sit in the dining hall and procrastinate doing homework. Already having a long-distance best friend made me not have to adjust to texting and calling as main means of communication. We complain about our classes, talk about food and give each other motivation when "Grey's Anatomy" is calling our attention more than actual biology. She knows to pep talk me into going out and being social when I'm lying in my dorm room bed, and I will listen to her rants and justify her feelings with the wisdom only a third-party consult could have. Despite the distance, we are going through the same experiences and are closer than ever.

We both made friends with people in our hall and in our activities, but it was calming to have someone to cheer you on from states away. When I stressed the first week that I hadn't found best friends yet, she told me not to try so hard. We talk each other into bearing the cold, getting exercise and taking time out for ourselves when we are too blinded by assignments to see that we need a break. Having a best friend at another college is like when Remy was in the chef's hat in the movie "Ratatouille." I am the one doing things, but my best friend will be hearing everything and helping me navigate life.

As the semester ends and we are comfortable in our new homes and with new friends, we still tell each other all the exciting happenings in our lives. My Ohio friends are characters in stories she listens to, and there is a cast of people in Missouri I hear all about, too. Moving on and up from high school doesn't have to be growing apart from your old friends, but instead, you have fans at other schools rooting you on every step of the way.

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I Know She's My Forever Friend

A forever friend is one of the most important people in your world.
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The bond that my forever friend and I have is something that I do not have with any other person in the world. This is a list of ways you know that you have a forever friend:

You never get tired of being around her

She is probably the only person in your life that hasn't begun to bother you for some reason or another, at some point in time. You could spend hours, or days, with her. Even the smallest things you do together are fun because you are with her.

No subject is off-limits

You tell each other everything, and I mean, everything.

Thinking about seeing each other over break

And of course, when you do see her

Your family is her family, and her family is yours

It's not weird for you to be at her house all the time, show up at strange hours, or just decide to spend the night even though you live three houses away. And of course, her family welcomes you in like you are another one of their daughters.

You two have a bizarre sense of humor that only you understand

Whether it is the nights you spend watching random YouTube videos at 2 a.m. that make you both laugh so hard you cry or the commercials on TV that are only funny to the both of you, only you guys understand the humor in certain situations. You have probably experienced some of the most embarrassing moments together, and if not together, then you got a vivid story of the event.

You have no filter when she is being overdramatic

You pick up where you left off

If you and your forever friend are anything like me and mine, we do not talk every single day. You may only speak once a week, but it will give you the opportunity to catch up and talk like you have talked every single day. There may be quick conversations to see how the other is doing because you know you are saving all of the important stories for when you see each other again. At this point, conversations don't even start with "Hi" anymore, you just jump right to the point and tell her what you need to.

You really don't have a choice when she needs to go to the mall

She would do anything to make you smile

Even when you are feeling down, your forever friend knows just the right thing to do to make you happy again. Whatever the case is, she will be there for you always. She will say, and do, just about anything that will make everything better.

And sometimes she just needs a reminder…

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It's A Blessing And A Curse Having A Long-Distance Best Friend, But Remember This

She's your person. She just happens to be far away.

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You've heard all the cliché quotes: "Your best friend is like the stars, you can't always see her, but you always know she's there." And it's easy to roll your eyes because it doesn't make it any easier when you're having a bad day and all you want is a hug from your go-to girl, but she's thousands of miles away.

It isn't easy to have a long-distance best friend. And sometimes it can feel like the biggest inconvenience and curse, but other times it's the biggest blessing.

First, it teaches you to not take anything for granted and cherish the times you do have together.

You might not get to see each other all the time, and sometimes it can be months without seeing each other but when you do get together it's like no time has passed and you both know to cherish all the hugs and face-to-face contact because it won't last forever. It also helps you appreciate the friends you do get to see every day and not take them for granted because they're awesome too!

Second, it's always good to have someone far away to talk to.

Sometimes life is hard, or someone gets on your nerves and you just need to rant but you never want to risk it getting back to them. Having that best friend who will love you and listen to you rant and threaten to come and kill anyone hurting you even though they've never met any of the people you're talking about is truly a gift.

Third, you know that your friendship can last anything.

If you live thousands of miles away and can still call her your best friend; chances are it's going to last a lifetime. It's not always easy to figure out time zones, or class schedules, or to make time to talk on a regular basis. But they're your person still. You know they will always be there for you and you will always be there for them. You might not be able to go on late night ice cream runs or watch your favorite shows and movies together, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter because you would do anything for each other and the long distance is worth it to call her your best friend.

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