Here's Why My BFF Is the Best

Here's Why My BFF Is the Best

Living hundreds of miles away from your BFF is hard, but I wouldn't change our relationship for the world.

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I am lucky enough to have known my best friend for my entire life, and that's pretty much because we're related. We grew up together, she's older than me by a little over a month, and we lived just a town over from one another. I remember the days of it being just us, before our siblings were born, riding around in our hot pink barbie jeep, and making a fort in the bushes behind her house. Those remain some of my fondest memories, and for that, I'm very thankful. With the both of us being the oldest sibling in our families, we had the same experiences growing up and could connect with how much we love, but also get annoyed, by our younger siblings. Anyone in our entire family could tell you about us, and how we've been best friends since the very beginning.

As we got older, her family moved to Connecticut, but this didn't mean we drifted apart. We would beg our parents to drive us to each other's houses, even though we lived more than two hours away from one another. We are lucky enough that our parents, my dad, and her mom, are very close siblings, so we got to see each other every holiday, and they would make weekend visits so we could see each other. When she got her license, I couldn't wait for her to make the trip up to see me, and when I got mine, it made visiting each other a lot easier. We've made some of best memories recently too. A couple of years ago we went to sleep-away camp together, flew to Chicago together, attended Lollapalooza, traveled to Block Island beaches, seen Justin Bieber live three times, and stayed overnight in Boston for a music festival. Our days now are constantly texting each other daily drama or stupid pictures. We facetime regularly, almost every day. We now go to colleges 8 hours away from each other, but I feel as close to her as ever.

Thanksgiving has recently passed, but I think about how grateful I am to have someone like Liv in my life. She has been with me through it all, and there is nobody like her in the entire world. She lights up the entire room with how funny, kind, and beautiful she is. Even my friends at home are obsessed with her, and when she comes to visit, everyone wants to hang out with her. She has that kind of presence that makes you want to be around her. Liv is truly one of a kind, and I'm lucky enough to have her not only as my cousin but a best friend for life.

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.

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We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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