To The College Seniors Who Have Changed My Life, Now It's Time For You To Take On The World

To The College Seniors Who Have Changed My Life, Now It's Time For You To Take On The World

Thank you for everything.

Dear Senior,

We have a long list of memories in our college friendship. We have studied at coffee shops, complained about teachers, made each other laugh so hard we start crying in the library and even road tripped our faces off. While this friendship may mean a lot to you, I don't know if you knew this, but you have changed my life forever.

When we met, I was an underclassman. Even if it didn't look like it, I was extremely lost in my college experience. I had no idea if I was in the right major, even in the right school. I didn't know what I wanted or how to get there. My fellow underclassmen were in the same position as me, but at the end of the day, we were simply sinking on the same ship waiting for someone to save us. Then you came along.

You took me seriously, even though not everyone else did. There's always a stigma between the established college students and the newbies, but you never treated me differently. While I can sometimes be the baby of the friend group, you never made me feel as if I wasn't as important or as knowledgeable as you. You always listened to what I was going through, even though you've been there yourself. You wanted to help me, shape me and lead me into a better version of myself. You welcomed me into your well-established college life with open arms and I felt a lot safer there.

I followed your path but learned how to pave my own.

I learned to walk in my own light and to be confident in myself. In a sea of peers, I was once afraid, but you taught me to smile even when I'm shaking, to never be ashamed to ask for help when I'm falling on my face, and that even though college is important, nothing is the end of the world.

If I failed a paper, you told me you've failed three. If I fought with a teacher, you told me you've already fought them. I felt less alone in the world, more comfortable in my lifestyle and more confident in myself. You introduced me to a life I didn't know I even wanted, a life that I never expected I would have.

And now you are graduating.

This was hard for me to accept at first, honestly. The idea of not having you to walk to classes with, sit next to me at work, or catch me if I'm falling is scary. I am now entering the age of the upperclassmen, where you stood when we first met. While our lives will pull us separate directions, I will never forget the things you have taught me. I will always appreciate what you have done for me, even if you didn't know you were doing anything at the time besides being a good friend.

I am incredibly proud of all of your success and the legacy you will leave behind as you go. I hope to see receive your wisdom in life as you move forward from this chapter. Even if for a moment it feels like your story may be ending, it is actually just beginning. You will continue to inspire those around you, bring color to a sometimes grey world. Life will hit you hard sometimes, but you are stronger then anything life will ever throw at you.

I aspire one day to meet someone like me and help them along the way as they navigate the college journey.
To make half the impact on their life that you have made on mine.

Have faith in yourself. Have faith in God.

The future is yours.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" -Jeremiah 29:11

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Shockingly, There Is Strength In Being Weak

Abandon the idea that you do not deserve to be taken care of. You do!


The one challenge in having a brave face, is others never considering there are moments you may not be. It is a beautiful yet complicated gift to be able to provide comfort to others. To be the person your friends and family turns to in times of crisis. Just remember that those who offer help, may need help sometimes too.

Lately, I have been struggling. Having flares of anxiety and repetition of old behaviors, that I am not so proud of. I am so kind to others facing struggle, but I have yet to understand the importance of offering myself the same respect.

Some may suggest therapy, seeking out health professionals. For many that may work. And if that is a tool that works for you, power to you! If you feel comfortable with the process pursue it! For myself, I am not. And I will tell you why.

I have yet to swallow my pride. To understand that the strong fail too. Oh how I despise failing. And I think fear of failure comes from my own personal expectations, to hold it "together". Because if I fall, who will those closest to me lean on? I have strength, therefore if I fall, we all do.

That may sound like an idiotic sentence, and while forming the words I recognize how false a statement it is. However, this is a deep rooted issue for many individuals. And for me this is something I struggle with. Allowing for the world to see my weakness.

One of my best friends, who has recently opened my eyes said to me, " To have the courage to ask for help is not you showing weakness, but strength." It takes a great deal of strength to open up. I find myself suppressing my emotions. Meanwhile, I write weekly about confronting your past. Yet I struggle in the practice I preach.

That is not weakness, yet it is a glimpse of reality. I am thankful for my friend, who noticed a shift within me, to speak up and make sure that I recognize that I am falling. Sometimes you cannot only rely on yourself, and you need to admit that you need help.

My greatest joy is helping others but again I cannot find the generosity in my heart to offer it to myself. I was wrestling with the "why". Why I cannot allow for others to worry about me, why I simply do not want other people to worry about me. It is because that is my job. Then I realized, being a brave individual goes hand in hand with wanting control.

I struggle with allowing for myself to be a mess. To admit when I have lost control of who I am. The issue with a brave face? You rarely let others see you cave. So those around you assume you are stedfast, strong, in control, without a shadow of a doubt ; okay.

I understand not each individual is intuitive. That people miss the signs of when others emotional well beings are compromised. I am grateful for my best friend and her intuitive mind and heart. Recognizing that I have not been completely myself as of late, just an extension.

For those of you , who feel you lack the skill. Those who are not capable of reading between the lines, noticing lack of bravery, please I advise you to check up on the ones who you are usually so sure that are "okay". A simple, "how are you", goes a very long way.

I know I was hoping all day that someone would recognize I was not so myself and ask the question. Thankfully, my best friend did. It is nice to know someone sees you. To understand that you're human, and to remind you that you're human. The brave are allowed to fall.

I note that this also means, the brave need to allow for transparency. Because when you allow for others to see your struggle, it is easier for them to then offer a helping hand. Break your silence, even if it proves that you are not always brave.

Each individual has strengths and weaknesses. My weakness? Being weak. Allowing for myself to strip off the mask of " I am okay", and revealing the " I am not okay".

Again, to be brave is in fact a complicated gift. Being emotionally strong for others, does not mean you do not deserve to also be taken care of. To be offered the same respect of healing and love. Leave behind the idea that those managing others issues, means they can manage their own. Even the bravest of walls can come falling down.

It does not take long to ask a three worded question; " How are you?" I hope those are brave enough to answer honestly.

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