To All Of My College Friends Who Are Graduating Without Me

To All Of My College Friends Who Are Graduating Without Me

Please take me with you!

To all of my friends who are graduating,

First off, congratulations! I bet you can't believe it's actually here. I know I can't. As excited as I am, graduation is always bittersweet. It's the last time that you'll ever be in the same room as these people you've spent the last four years with.

Many of you are going straight from the stage to new cities and new jobs, taking some time to travel, or just trying to figure out what is next. Your future is filled with nothing but promises from here on out.

Graduation is a time for reflection of the last four years. Even though I'm not graduating with you, I'm still looking back on the time we spent together. The parties we went to, the hours we spent watching Netflix on the couch, and every time we just sat and vented out problems to each other.

It's really bittersweet that I'll be here, doing all of this stuff without you next year.

While you're out in the workforce and learning what it really is to be an adult (aka, no more homework!), I'll still be here writing papers and studying for exams. Don't forget to keep in touch with me!

I'm so excited to hear about your new job and everything that comes with being in the real world. I'll be sure to keep you in the loop with campus drama and crazy party stories.

I already miss you and wish we had more time to just hang out on the quad. Finals are here and we have less time than ever to get everything done before we leave campus. No matter how many years we had together in college I feel like it's not enough.

I am so excited for you to graduate, almost excited as I am getting for my own impending graduation in the future. I am so proud of everything you've done for our campus while you were here. You may not think so, but this campus would be different if you had never stepped foot here.

Thank you for being my friend, and for guiding me with what extra experience you had gained before I arrived. We grew together, but now it's time for you to have some new experiences without me. Good luck with everything you're about to start. I'll be here in class cheering you on.


Your friend who is not graduating

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Shoutout To My Parents For Giving Me My Best Friend In The Form Of A Younger Brother

He's not as bad as I first anticipated.


This is a story about my best friend.

I was lucky enough to have a built-in bestie from the day he came home with my parents and I immediately questioned who they stole the "creature" from.

My brother's name is Andrew and he and I have always had a catty but close relationship, which has developed into something I wouldn't trade for the world.

When we were younger we were the most jocular kids you could find and spent our days running around with our school friends shooting each other with nerf guns, hiding in every corner to leap out and give the other a heart attack.

We would hang out for hours until someone antagonized the other (Andrew was always the trouble maker) and yelled for our mom to intervene, or took out our ager by practicing our yellow belt karate skills on each other until our fake punches got to be too much and we would die laughing.

I never realized how special my relationship with my brother was until I heard how my friends talked out their siblings. My friends would endlessly complain about how much they hated their brother or sister and wished they were never born; and me, being who I am, would be shocked that they used the h-word, and tell them that they must still love them which they would relentlessly deny.

Seeing these failing relationships taught me to cherish what my brother and I have, and that is honestly the most important responsibility, and gift, I could've ever been given.

Looking back, the best childhood memories I have include him, and I wouldn't have it any other way. From founding the science club (his closet that we would do experiments in, and give our friends golf balls with their name on it as a key), to sledding down a three-foot hill in our neighbor's backyard for hours, to surfing and boogie boarding until we turned to prunes, to the endless games of HORSE we played (I don't understand how I'm still terrible at basketball), he's been with me.

Since then, our relationship has blossomed into much more than snow wrestling and movie binging; now as an adult, coming home from college is the most stress relieving and exciting time, because I know I get to hang out with my brother and talk about the most obscure things until he makes me get out of his room (because teenage angst, you know!!).

Thankfully, the required familial love has turned into a never-ending love for my best friend and little brother, and I can't wait to keep growing up side by side and to see what the world has in store for us.

ANDDDD HE'S 17 (as of the 15th)

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