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

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.


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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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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An Open Letter To My Childhood Best Friend

To Molly Zucker, I hope this article makes everyone surrounding you hear your obnoxious, priceless laugh.


Dear childhood best friend,

When I look back on my childhood, there is only one person who reminds me of home: you. After moving out of state and time passing on, it's easy to forget where you came from and parts of your childhood. However, the minute I see your face and hear your goofy laugh, the feeling of home returns. You bring out the fun and young in me because let's be honest, you turned out to be the adventurous spontaneous one and I'm just a boring nerd in Organic Chemistry. No one can make my pure childhood laughs come out or make me feel as free-spirited and lively as much as you do.

Lexi Garber

We used to ride our bikes around town, eat salt and vinegar chips until our tongues burned, and do each other's makeup and nails. We would go to the mall and dress ourselves in this horrendous outfits, but ones that we actually thought were cute at the time (Why did you let me wear half of the stuff I did?) We wrote each other cards during Recess and talked about how much we would gossip on our Friday night sleepovers. I could recognize your cupcake vanilla perfume scent from a mile away, even from this day and when I do smell it, it brings back such a warm and comforting familiar feeling.

Lexi Garber

We would talk about what our future would be like, how fun high school would be and what it would be like if we went to the same college. I didn't know that I would move before all of that but little did I know we would remain best friends and talk every day still to this day. Although there are moments where it hurts me that I didn't get to watch you grow out of your crazy, middle school self and into this beautiful and amazing girl, I know one day we will be close in distance again. We still talk about our future like we know what's going to happen and hopefully, we will live together in NYC one day, like we've always talked about. Who knows where we will both end up, but no matter how far we are in distance, we will always be close at heart.

Lexi Garber

The best part of being long distance best friends is that when our other friends annoy us, we can randomly Facetime each other at any time for a quick laugh and a reminder of how sacred our special bond is. We get to plan trips to see each other and show each other what has changed in our lives, but there is one thing that will never change: our friendship. So here's to you being my maid of honor, crazy aunt for my future kids, my soulmate, best friend and partner in crime. You bring out the happiness and best in me and I will love you always and forever.


Your childhood best friend

Lexi Garber

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