To The College Friends I Left Behind Over Summer

To my college friends that I have left behind for the summer:

I just wanted to let you know how much I miss you and how thankful I am to have met you. You have seen me at my worst times and still manage to love me. You've been there for me through all of my mental breakdowns, especially during finals, but also through all of the moments that have changed me. College is the time in which we try to find ourselves and try to figure out what the hell we are doing with our lives and yet you manage to stay by me when you're going through the same issues. You've seen me the morning after a great night,a complete mess with my hair half up and no makeup on. You've listened to me complain about my relationships and watch me squeal over a new boy because he finally texted me back. You reassured me he wasn't worth it then a week later when things weren't working. You've let me borrow you clothes and eat your food because I was too broke to buy my own. You've motivated me to keep on going and encouraged me to stay in school and not become an exotic dancer, even though at times that's all I really want.

Some of you are my sorority sisters, some are my old and future roommates, some are my neighbors, and some are classmates. I have been with you for 9 months and we have been through hell and back together. I'm not sure how they expect us to be together everyday for so long and then summer comes and we are supposed to go back to our hometowns and live life the way it was before college. We are from all over the country and it sucks to know that I wont be able to see y'all for months to come. I guess emailing and FaceTime will have to suffice. Yes, emailing ... I email frequently. I know you are having a great time with your friends from home as I can see it on your snapchat stories and Instagram posts.

Don't get me wrong, I love and have missed my high school friends, but there is just some sort of bond from college friendships. We were all thrown together into the same boat. It was a sink or swim situation and you made sure I made it to the shore. No one knew what to expect from our freshman year of college and yet here we are.There was so much that needed to learned from being on our own and we did it together. You helped take care of me and make sure I did what I was supposed to. You woke me up from my naps and made sure that I got my homework done. You told me when I wasn't eating healthy enough and that I needed to hit the gym if I wanted to keep that freshman 15 off. You were my best friends and my mom at the same time. I couldn't have gone through college without you. I'm not even sure how I made it through my first 18 years of life without you sometimes.

They always say that college friends are the ones that you will have in your wedding and be forever friends with and I can finally understand why. I cant wait to head back to college at the end of the summer and trade crazy stories and begin another year with you. Next summer though, I don't think I will be able to let you go. So get ready for another insane year filled with laughter and tears.

Love you all.

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