How To Know The Friendship Is Real

How To Know The Friendship Is Real

You may think it's real, but is it memorize-your-horoscope-sign real?

College is great because you meet a lot of new people, and you make a lot of new friends. But the real question is how do you know when the friendship is real? These are the for-sure signs your friendship was made to last.

1. They know the names of your pets.

It's even more impressive when you have 3 or more pets for them to remember.

2. They've seen you cry.

Whether you're a crier or not, you know your college friends are real when you can sob to them laying on their living floor while they make you pasta and you feel no shame.

3. They know you're favorite song.

And they know how excited you get when you hear it out. And they know when to put it on for you to cheer you up or get you pumped. And they don't cut you off from listening to it even after they've heard 300 times already this semester.

4. They tag you in memes.

What's a friendship if it doesn't involve memes? (Bonus points if they memorize your Instagram name to tag you in memes as fast as possible).

5. They hate someone you hate without knowing them or you even asking them to.

When they trust you enough to hate someone blindly for you, that's when you know it's real.

6. They know your horoscope sign.

And you know theirs. And you send each other your horoscopes so neither of you forget.

7. They let you tell the same story over and over again.

A person can only have so many good stories, so it's important to find friends who don't mind hearing the same 12 stories for the rest of their lives.

8. They memorize what clothes you own.

they know.

9. They know your order.

For drinks, coffee, Chipotle, you name it. They know what you like.

10. They love you even when you don't love yourself.

That moment when you think, "Why do I have friends? I am the actual worst," they are there to let you know that even though you are the worst, they still love you, just like you love them no matter what too.
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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

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To My Graduating Big, Thank You For Being The Older Sister I Never Had

Thank you for being you, and helping me be the best me I can be.


I've always been the older sister to my own sister and even my cousins. I grew up looking to my mom and my aunts for how to act but never had an older girl closer to my age to look up to and learn from. Flash forward to 2017, and I joined my sorority. I did so much research and knew at some point I would get to go through Big/Little, and have a big sister to call my own for however many years she would be at the university.

Boy did I luck out when I met you, my amazing big.

You came into my life and we've been inseparable since. You listen to my life problems, whether it's fear of doing poorly in school or my latest updates on the guy who ghosted me (and there's been A LOT of those this semester). You've been there when I wasn't at my best and gave me the support I needed to get through my hard times and celebrated with me through the good times. We're both kind souls, and people tend to use that a lot, which we don't deserve, but we put up with it anyway.

Some girls have bigs who genuinely suck, and I am so sorry that they got stuck with someone who doesn't really care about them like they thought they would. I'm glad we have such a real relationship that will last us through the tests of time. You're going to be a bridesmaid in my wedding, and our kids will be best friends. It was all pre-written in our destinies that you would be my big and I'd be your little. The sorority brought us together and I can't thank it enough.

I don't know what I'm going to do without you next fall when I step onto campus as a senior and you'll be off adulting. You're a core part of my life and instead of being a few minutes walk from me, you'll be very far away. Phone calls and Facetime will have to become my best friend instead of hanging out in your dorm or the dining hall.

You're such an inspiration. I'm so proud of how much you do every day, and how you always keep morale up even when you're exhausted. You put effort into everything you do and try your best no matter what. You're going to achieve such great things in the future, and I'm glad I'll be able to watch you blossom outside of college.

To future doughnut and ice cream dates, where we can eat our hearts out and gossip like we always do. I gained a sister and a best friend all in one, and I'm not ready for you to leave me. I know you're ready to start your next chapter in life asap.

Thank you for being you, and helping me be the best me I can be.

Love you,

Your Little

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