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.
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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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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To My Long-Distance Best Friend, We Might Be 7,811 Miles Apart, But Our Friendship Only Gets Stronger

It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.

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To my best friend,

It has been 270 days since I last met you and 206 more days until I meet you again. People say that time flies by quickly, but these have been the most difficult days that seemed to drag on forever. Five years ago when you were sitting next to me on the first day of our sociology class, I had no idea we would end up being best friends. From sharing my mother's parathas during lunch breaks to the countless sleepovers, I will never forget all the memories we created throughout high school.

I vividly remember the day I told you I would be studying abroad. You were so happy and proud of me for pursuing my dreams but also upset that we wouldn't be seeing each other every now and then. I was worried if our friendship would even last. But we have spent almost two years away from each other and our friendship only seems to get stronger.

I'm so grateful to technology for allowing us to be in touch all the time. My day doesn't feel complete if I do not receive a text from you. I know we do not video call often because of how busy our schedules are (another reason being time zones suck and I cannot do the math), but always know that I am there for you. It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.

We have both had some terrible friendship experiences in our past before we met each other that have completely broken our faith in friendships. But know that you can always count on me and that I will never leave your side. Know that I will always set an alarm early in the morning just to video call you. Know that I will always be there for you (even if I'm not physically present around you). Know that you will always be the first person I share everything with.

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. Thank you for encouraging me to make new friends at college. Thank you for always being there during my failures and reminding me that it's not the end of the world and that more opportunities will come my way. Thank you for being there during my successes and being my number one cheerleader. Thank you for always reminding me to love myself. You not only have a special place in my heart but also have a special place in my family. My mother and sister not only glad that I have a best friend like you but also adore you so much. It is impossible to imagine a life without you.

I cannot wait for more butter chicken sleepover dates in December!

Lots of love,

Your best friend.

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