The Two C's: Childhood Friends And College Friends

The Two C's: Childhood Friends And College Friends

Some may come and go, but some stay forever.

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Friends are important no matter what age you are. Friends add to your life. Friends stick by your side.

Childhood friends are forever. Childhood friends are the beginning. Childhood friends are who you are becoming. Childhood friends are a phone call away.

College friends are forever. College friends are new. College friends are who you are. College friends are a block away.

Childhood to college, beginning to end, new to old, there are so many things in between.

Whether you go away to school or you stay home and commute, you can definitely say there is a difference between college friends and childhood friends—both are so vital to your life in so many different ways.

Childhood friends are those friends your mom sent you on playdates with before you even started school. They are the friends you lived next door to when you were young. They are the friends you played rec sports with when you both sucked at them. They are the friends you rode bikes around the neighborhood with. They are the friends you can call and feel like you never left them. They are the friends you have forever.

College friends are those friends you make on your own. When you're miles away, they are the only people around. They are the friends you eat late night food with. They are the friends you share your childhood stories with. They are the friends you try new things with. They are the friends you tell about your day. They are the friends you have forever.

With both of these friendships, you feel differently. You feel comforted going home on breaks and seeing those people you have known since kindergarten. There's something about reminiscing about the playground days when you both would beat all the guys in the soccer games.

There is something about college though. Staying up late, sharing childhood stories, talking about home, and comforting one another miles away.

Friendships are important no matter who you are or where you are in the world. When I think of friendships, there are many thoughts that come to mind. Memories, plans, talking, crying, loving, trusting, and happiness. Friends are those people who can make your day. They can change your mood within seconds. And if they can't, then you may want to get new friends!

Either way, the experience of having childhood friends and college friends is a blessing. Both of these friendships impact my life immensely. When I was miles away in the middle of nowhere, I met some of the best people to help me through it. When I was painting a picture in art class in 4th grade, this girl told me it was beautiful, now she is rooting me on when I apply for jobs in NYC.

These are just a few examples of many. If you have the chance to make new friends during your college years, please do so. You are just adding a positive aspect to your life. Childhood and college friends are both forever. Despite their differences, they are both important.

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."
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Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me," but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is, to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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What It's Actually Like Moving States

How a central Iowa born and raised native ended up in Southern Missouri.

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Not a lot of people think moving states is a hard thing to do. If it's two hours away or, like me, seven hours away from your hometown, a move is a move and it can affect people in different ways.

Personally, my family was separated for a year, my mom and I still living in our hometown so I could finish high school, and my dad in Missouri working at his new job.

Then, in June my mom and I made the move so our family could be together once again. For us, we still had our home in Iowa, so my parents and I lived in an apartment until we could sell our home in Iowa and find what we wanted in Missouri.

The hardest things to get used too is the lifestyle of people in southern Missouri. People are a lot different down here than they were in Iowa. It was a big deal for us to move down here and adapt to a different lifestyle.

Something minor that was very hard to get used to was the usage of pop and soda. Most people don't even know what a "pop," is. In Iowa, a Pepsi or Coke is known as pop but down here it is called a soda.

That is just one example that was super hard to get used to. Something that is a little more of a big deal is the size of the city. In Iowa, I could get a coffee in about a five-minute drive. In Missouri, it takes a good fifteen minutes to drive there and who knows what the line will be like at the coffee shop. Those are minor things that my family struggled with adapting to.

Easily, the hardest thing was leaving friends and family. I came to Branson in the middle summer. This limited my job opportunities to none and made making new friends next to impossible.

This made my summer really hard and honestly boring. I knew this was best for my family, but I missed my friends and I wanted to be back in Iowa where all my friends were and my job used to be.

There were also a lot of perks from moving away from Iowa. First off, I completely went off the grid of my town and wanted to start completely new. I made new social media accounts and got a new phone number.

This made the transition easy because I was able to be who I wanted to be and keep in touch with the people I wanted to keep in touch with. This is something that a lot of people thought was pointless, but was such an important step for a fresh start.

Coming to Missouri, I know that sky is the limit and I have so many more opportunities of what I want to do. Overall, I would suggest moving states and starting knew. It feels good to finally be in a place that makes you truly happy as well as your family. Iowa is a fun place to visit sometimes and I'll always miss the sunsets but Missouri is my new home.

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