An Open Letter To My New Best Friends

An Open Letter To My New Best Friends

Everything I have to say to the future people who will change my life in college.


You don't know me very well yet, but in a few months we will be inseparable. We will do everything together and spend most of our free time in each other's dorm rooms or out hiking or exploring. You will know everything about me and still love me unconditionally. We will stay up late in the middle of the week watching movies and talking about life, or going on midnight cookie runs when we know we really shouldn't. You will become my best friends, or at least my new ones. But before all of that happens there are some things you should know.

First, there are people back home or at different colleges who are also my best friends. I cared and loved about them long before I knew you existed, and that will never change. Please don't feel like you're doing something wrong if sometimes I need to call them and talk to them about something instead of you. It's just that they know everything about my past and were there for a lot of my life growing up. I promise that in time I will trust you enough to tell you all of the things that they know and I will come to you when I need you. Maybe one day you will get to meet them and we can all be friends.

I have a lot of baggage that I carry with me. We all do. I need you to know that I am fragile and can break down pretty easily over dumb things. I get emotional and probably cry more than I should. I'm going to lean on you for a lot of things. I get hurt pretty easily even when you're not intentionally being mean and I take stuff pretty personally. Sometimes I'm extremely clumsy and you may be embarrassed to be seen out in public with me. I won't hesitate to call you out on things but I will also try to be understanding. I complain a lot also, in case you haven't already picked up on that from the few days we've known each other.

But I'm also a lot of fun. I know how to have a good time and can always make an adventure out of simple situations. I can't do your makeup because I don't know how, but I will always be there as a model when you need someone to practice on. I will stand by you regardless of the situation and I promise to love you with everything that is in me. I will keep your secrets and be there to come running to your room in the middle of the night when you need me. I will be your gym buddy (at least the few times we actually find motivation to go to the gym). I won't get sick of your jokes no matter how lame they are and I promise to always be your escape when creepy guys (or girls) try to hit on you. I will be your safe place to come home to and I will hold you when you need someone there to cry to. I will respect your personal space though, and give you some alone time when you need it. I will never fail to bring you a pint of ice-cream after you have gotten an A on a test or a gallon of ice-cream after you've failed one.

Letting you into my life will be a challenge. I'm so attached to the friends I have made at home and I feel like having new best friends will be betraying them. But I know I have to move on, and that they will always hold a place in my heart. I know the same goes for them. I wish them the best in everything that I do and I'm thankful they were in my life for the time period that they were.

I'm so excited to meet you and have you in my life. College is a scary time, but I know you will make it easier. I care about you already.

With love,

Your future college best friend.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My Boyfriend's Family Helped Me Find My Home Away From Home

Taking "home is where the heart is" to a new level.


I have always heard that one day I will find a place that will feel like my home away from home, specifically with my significant other. Honestly, I couldn't envision loving a place like the way I do my hometown, let alone love it even more. Nonetheless, here I am, sitting in the Little Rock, Arkansas airport tearing up as I say goodbye to my home away from home.

Let me tell you about my hometown. I live in a relatively small town in Wyoming and it has always been my home. My family, friends and work are here in Wyoming. But, there happens to be this man who has my whole entire heart. His hometown is a little town in Arkansas, that also happens to be 17 hours away from me. I came to visit him in his hometown for the first time ever. Not only to see Arkansas for the first time but to see him for the first time in a month and to have the opportunity to meet his family.

I won't lie, meeting parents for the first time is definitely nerve-wracking. It's not that I am hard to get along with, it's the fact that I want them to love me because I love their son and I couldn't conceptualize that ever changing. From the moment I stepped into their home, I was welcomed with big arms and beautiful smiles. His family welcomed me, a complete stranger, into their home with no questions asked. Right away I knew I felt like I was home.

Finding your home away from home is easy to recognize. Home is a place full of love and laughter and that is what I found in Arkansas. It was a second home that I felt comfortable in. Feeling comfortable somewhere is not always the easiest feeling to grasp. For me, I feel the need to be in a comfortable place to be myself and call it "home."

I believe that it is essential for everyone to have a "second home" or a "home away from home." Having a second family can and does provide so much more love in my life I never knew I needed. I of course do and always will love and adore my family with my whole heart and soul but having these other people in my life gives me so much assurance that I'll always be surrounded with love and happiness. You can never have too many friends, too much family and certainly never too much love. So thank you. Thank you for welcoming me, loving me as your own, and showing me that having a home away from home is such a positive part of my life.

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