College Best Friends or Lovers of a Lifetime?

College Best Friends or Lovers of a Lifetime?

Some friends become strangers. Some friends become family.

I always laughed at the constant change in my groups of friends from elementary to high school, but the journey in college has been unbelievable. Instead of groups changing, I have actually realized that there are a few friends who not only stayed by my side, but they have grown to be family. I came to college not knowing who I really was or who I wanted to be. Leaving a small town with vineyards and coffee shops, I knew that moving miles away would have some difficult times. What I didn’t know was that I would have a group of people that would be there for those difficult moments.

My college best friends, my group of lovers, my family, whatever the world wants to call us, I am thankful I have you. Because of all of you, I have laughed a little harder, cried a little less, and smiled a lot more. Sometimes I tell stories of our experiences as if I have known you forever, but the reality is that it took two years or less for me to feel completely at home as I was surrounded by the greatest folks I knew. The last two years of my life have been much like the situation of a party. Many people were invited, but some people will leave early, and you stayed all night. Instead of just laughing with me, you have definitely laughed at me. In the end, after all of the fun, you didn’t leave my side. A billion sarcastic comments, a million late night study sessions, a thousand inside jokes, a hundred hugs, but only a few people was all it took for this college experience to be magical.

I have learned many life lessons since I moved from the beautiful small town high school, and many situations have not turned out how I had hoped. Some things went so wrong that they couldn’t be fixed or get put back together so they end up staying broken. However, I’ve also realized that I was able to get through those bad times and look for better… because I had the most supportive group of best friends by my side. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when all I want to do is fly you to Neptune and leave you there, but the power that you have to bother me comes from the fact that I listen and care about what you’re saying so the love still exists. Whether it’s the days that all of you have pulled me out of bed to party or the days that you tucked me into bed because you knew I needed rest, thank you. It didn’t matter how many people were ever in the room on a Saturday night because as long as I had my group, I knew it would be an incredible time. All in all, the people that have really made my college experience so memorable know exactly who they are, and whether you have graduated or are stuck with me for another year after this, I’m so lucky to have you in my life. All the moments where you drove me completely crazy or even the other way around, I wouldn’t change a single one.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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