To My Dear GGBabe, I Will Love You Always

To My Dear GGBabe, I Will Love You Always

I owe so much to my great grand little, who I’ve become so close with in just a short amount of months.
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It’s no surprise how much my family means to me. Throughout my entire college experience, it’s been such a pleasure to befriend and add to our Greek family. The normal scenario is that by the time one approaches their later years in a Greek chapter, they are distant from the surroundings of their Greek fam or of the participation in a chapter, at least in comparison to their early years. Me? I have only grown closer to them — especially to the newest members themselves.

In particular, a specific one of my family members has been a huge role in my life. As a friend, sister, and an influential person, I owe so much to my great grand little, who I’ve become so close to in just a short amount of months. She deserves the world.

1. She picks me up when I’m down

I’ve always been someone who doesn’t like to share my negative emotions with just anyone. However, it didn’t take long until I was ready to open up and share every complaint, worry, etc. to this gal, with the return of positive affirmations and significant advice. The types of friendships that allow this to be a norm are the ones worth having, which is exactly what she’s proven to me.

2. She can take a joke

She knows that her quirky antics and her weird habits are allowed to be made fun of. She can make fun of herself just as well as she can make fun of me, and we’ve created so many inside jokes together.

3. Our relationship is based on spoiling one another

When you get a new member to add to the family, it’s always so fun to shower them with gifts and all sorts of little goodies. In return, without me ever expecting it, she has showered me with gifts, from birthdays to Christmas to just for fun in-between. How lucky am I?

4. She has brought so much excitement and joy to my life

Whether it is a quick trip to get ice cream or a typical fam night, she is always down to do absolutely whatever at all hours of the day. Whenever we’re separated, we’re constantly texting each other making up plans so we can see each other immediately.

5. She gives me a purpose

For all of the times that she has come to me for advice and help or just a want to hang out, it has given me the purpose to feel wanted and needed and to stay relevant. As mentioned before, it has been a norm within sororities to distance yourself from most things. Having a great grand little has kept me involved and kept me feeling like I have a need to stay around and help with whatever she needs.

Whether it’s homework help, advice on life, or just a hug when times get hard, it feels great to be that older role model figure in her life.

Even though this may be my final year in the sorority and doing my undergrad, it has been such a pleasure to have an amazing grand little like the one that I have. I’ll forever be thankful for my relationship and for all of the memories we have created thus far. The adventures have only just begun.

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The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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An Open Letter To My Childhood Best Friend

To Molly Zucker, I hope this article makes everyone surrounding you hear your obnoxious, priceless laugh.

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Dear childhood best friend,

When I look back on my childhood, there is only one person who reminds me of home: you. After moving out of state and time passing on, it's easy to forget where you came from and parts of your childhood. However, the minute I see your face and hear your goofy laugh, the feeling of home returns. You bring out the fun and young in me because let's be honest, you turned out to be the adventurous spontaneous one and I'm just a boring nerd in Organic Chemistry. No one can make my pure childhood laughs come out or make me feel as free-spirited and lively as much as you do.


Lexi Garber

We used to ride our bikes around town, eat salt and vinegar chips until our tongues burned, and do each other's makeup and nails. We would go to the mall and dress ourselves in this horrendous outfits, but ones that we actually thought were cute at the time (Why did you let me wear half of the stuff I did?) We wrote each other cards during Recess and talked about how much we would gossip on our Friday night sleepovers. I could recognize your cupcake vanilla perfume scent from a mile away, even from this day and when I do smell it, it brings back such a warm and comforting familiar feeling.


Lexi Garber

We would talk about what our future would be like, how fun high school would be and what it would be like if we went to the same college. I didn't know that I would move before all of that but little did I know we would remain best friends and talk every day still to this day. Although there are moments where it hurts me that I didn't get to watch you grow out of your crazy, middle school self and into this beautiful and amazing girl, I know one day we will be close in distance again. We still talk about our future like we know what's going to happen and hopefully, we will live together in NYC one day, like we've always talked about. Who knows where we will both end up, but no matter how far we are in distance, we will always be close at heart.


Lexi Garber

The best part of being long distance best friends is that when our other friends annoy us, we can randomly Facetime each other at any time for a quick laugh and a reminder of how sacred our special bond is. We get to plan trips to see each other and show each other what has changed in our lives, but there is one thing that will never change: our friendship. So here's to you being my maid of honor, crazy aunt for my future kids, my soulmate, best friend and partner in crime. You bring out the happiness and best in me and I will love you always and forever.

Love,

Your childhood best friend



Lexi Garber



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