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You Guys Are Missing Out, My BFF Is A Gem And I Wouldn't Have Her Any Other Way

She might be outspoken, headstrong, opinionated, and extra AF, but I wouldn't change her for the world.

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Although Katie and I met by what seems to be either a complete accident or just fate itself, she is truly one of the most caring, genuine souls that I have ever met. Of all the people that I met through high school, Katie has been the only one to never leave my side despite going to college at different universities, getting our hearts broken a few times, and learning how to cope with anxiety. It's often said that opposites attract, but whenever people mention how alike Katie and I are to each other, I could not be more proud to be compared to a woman with such an amazing sense of character. All that being said, let me tell you about my best friend.

She is outspoken, headstrong, opinionated, and yes, sometimes she can be extra AF. You're selling her short if you honestly believe that she's "just another girl." She is so much more than that to me, and I hope one day, she will find herself a partner who sees how truly special she is. Being her best friend, I have had the opportunity to watch her grow and flourish into the woman she is today, I have seen her at her lowest, pettiest points and still think nothing less of her because it is her imperfections that make her who she is.

Whether it be calling someone out on Twitter or throwing a fit over shark documentaries, there is truly never a dull moment with her. If you want a girl who's easy and won't tell you exactly how it is, she is not your girl. Honestly, sometimes she can be irrational and hard-headed, but despite common belief, the world needs that, and so do people.

That's what makes her such a great friend, is that she is so firm in everything that she does, that I believe it has made me a more headstrong individual. Seeing her stand true to who she is and what she thinks has liberated me to do the same, and one day, I know that'll make her a great life companion for someone.

Although she's a worrier, it has made her a warrior. She is truly one of the strongest individuals that I know, and she works harder than most. She's dedicated and will try anything at least once just so she can tell you exactly how she feels about it (including going through her first car wash). She doesn't give up easily, but when she knows it's what's best, she can let go of whatever is holding her back. She knows what she wants and is willing to embrace change in the face of uncertainty.

Through all the ex-boyfriends, hardships, and troubled times, I've seen her at her best and her worst, and if you're not willing to accept her for how she is, then you just aren't worth it.

I will take all the late night rants, over-indulging trips to Wendy's, and panic-filled text messages that our friendship has to offer because quite honestly, I wouldn't have her any other way. She might not be perfect, but she is one hell of a good time.

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

Because I don't thank you enough.

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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.

Cassie
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Dear Freshman Year Roommate, Thank You For Being Someone I Always Looked Forward To Hanging Out With

From the first moment we met and bonded over our love for bubble tea, I knew our friendship was going to be special.

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When I was applying for college, I was concerned with supplemental essays, SAT scores, scholarship applications and letters of recommendation. I never took a moment to stop and wonder "What happens once I get in?"

Finally, the fateful day arrived where I made my college decision. I bought a sweatshirt from the George Washington University store. My mom decorated my High School locker with our colors. And most importantly, I sighed a breath of relief imagining how refreshing it was going to be to ride out the rest of my senior year without the stress of college deadlines weighing on my shoulders.

Unfortunately, that blissful serenity was cut short when I joined a Facebook group of admitted students, where profiles of smiling teenagers flashed on my screen accompanied with the fateful "I'm looking for a roommate."

A roommate. I obviously knew that I needed a roommate. It was common sense, yet for some reason, I had failed to consider the logistics of finding a roommate until that moment.

See, my mom helped me through my college process, but times were different back then. She described showing up to her college on the first day, not knowing who she had been randomly assigned. There was no Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram to help you communicate with the girls on the other side of the country-- or sometimes even on the other side of the world.

This was a new, unexplored territory where my mother's wealth of knowledge sadly fell short.

Lucky for me, I was accepted into an honors program which restricted the list of girls available to be my roommate to a list of about twenty-five. We created a google document which asked basic questions like "Are you a night owl or earlier riser?"

Even still, I had no idea how to pick someone who I would be compatible to live with for the next year of my life. The stakes felt high, but I was reassured by the fact that I grew up sharing a room with my siblings, learning some important skills about being low-maintenance and tolerant of others' habits.

I read through the list and found someone whose answers sounded similar to mine, figuring we had enough in common to be amicable, if nothing more, throughout the school year. Her name was Riya, and she had a cute Instagram, so I messaged her asking if she wanted to try and room together. She agreed and we put each other down as roommates when applying for housing.

Looking back, that decision was the best one that I made when preparing for GW.

Throughout my freshman year, I have heard horror stories about roommates who fight all the time, steal each other's clothes, refuse to clean or try and micromanage the other's sleep schedule.

All the while, I count my lucky stars that my roommate is not only sane but someone who I genuinely look forward to spending time with. We share ice cream and inside jokes. When the weather was heating up and the university refused to turn on the air conditioning, we even shared our fans.

It comforts me to know that at the end of even the worst days, I can come back to my room and laugh or cry (sometimes both) with her by my side.

I remember once, I was having trouble with another group of friends. I felt alone and isolated. I felt like there was nobody who I could talk to apart from my mom or my best friend from home, who are both supportive and incredible but don't know any of the characters in my life in the same way as someone here at school.

I have a bad habit of struggling to reach out to people when I'm going through something, figuring I am strong enough to handle it on my own.

While that may sometimes be true, thanks to Riya, I didn't have to. I ended up telling her everything. She listened to me rant, understanding how I was hurt, and advising me on the situation.

I felt so much better after our conversation, and the best part was, I didn't have to leave the comfort of my bed for the entire conversation.

Her friendship reminded me of my family, and honestly, she has acted like a sister to me over the past two semesters.

It is so wild reflecting on the year, knowing that next semester we will be going our separate ways, living with respective friends in buildings a couple of blocks away from each other.

However, even when the posters are off the walls and signs reading "Riya" and "Emilie Joe" no longer stick to the outside of our door, I know that the bond we created in room 217 will never leave us.

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