A Letter To My Roommate As She Goes Abroad

A Letter To My Roommate As She Goes Abroad

I'm going to miss you, but I'm so excited for you.
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When you first told me that you were thinking of going abroad for a semester I was pretty devastated. How would I survive an entire semester without my roommate and best friend? I’ve never had to face the stress of college without you by my side, keeping me laughing and smiling through it all. You have been there for me since day one of college, and I feel extremely lucky that I was able to find someone who means so much to me--in my random roommate of all people. So, although I’m not looking forward to the next semester without you here, you know I’m wishing you all the best on this adventure.

I hope this experience is everything you want it to be and more. I hope you have the time of your life, learn even more about yourself, continue to grow into the amazing person you are, and embrace every moment of it. I know you won’t waste a minute of this journey and will keep me fully updated at all times. I cannot wait to hear all of the great stories you will have from being abroad; all that you’ll learn and get to do. I’m jealous that you get to do this, but I’m even more jealous of the people that will get to enjoy your company for those months. They should realize how lucky they are to have you around.

I really don’t tell you enough how much I appreciate everything you do as my roommate and friend. You help me make tough decisions, support my decisions even when they’re clearly stupid, make me laugh until it hurts and I’m sure I should have formed at least one ab, listen to me talk about all my problems, give me the best advice, and laugh at all my ridiculous jokes.

I love that we talk about anything and everything under the sun. I love that you’re always up to dance like a fool with me. I love that we understand each other’s humor and can convey things to one another with just a look.

I never thought in a million years that my random roommate from freshman year would become such an important person in my life. You know everything about me, and I’m not just saying that, you really know everything. So I guess what I’m trying to say here is, thank you. Thank you for being my person. Thank you for staying up late into the night just talking, thank you for always looking out for me, and most importantly, thank you for being the amazing person that you are.

I want to wish you the best of luck on your journey. I know right now it’s all very intimidating and scary, but I know you, and I know you’ll make the most of it and have the time of your life. I’ll be stalking all your posts on social media and patiently awaiting all the updates I expect from you the whole time you’re gone. I’m so sad that you’re leaving me, but I’m more excited for how incredible the semester is going to be for you.

I’m going to miss you like crazy, and I wish you the very best of luck!

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An Open Letter To My Ex-Best Friends

It was never easy to say goodbye.

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Dear Ex-Best Friends,

Has it really been five months since we last spoke?

High School ended, and so did all of our friendships. I never really felt like we were destined to be that group of girls who stay best friends until we were old, but I never expected for our relationships to end so abruptly. In all honesty, I am grateful for the lessons you all taught me, laughs we shared, the fights we had, and I hope you are all doing well.

It is true that losing a best friend is heart-breaking, but losing two of them at the same time is double the excruciating pain and sleepless nights wondering what went wrong. We all used to confide our fears and doubts to each other. We used to scream Miley Cyrus lyrics in the back of a jeep in the summer when we felt so timeless and free. Now, we don't speak. No calls, texts, snapchats, or efforts to keep in touch.

All that is left is just a film of fuzzy memories that seem to dissipate as the weeks roll by.

I'm sorry that I stopped texting and calling. I knew that there was no way to salvage a relationship that had been scarred with insecurities and mistrust. I miss complaining about our schoolwork and boys, and all the times we laughed until we could not breathe. I miss the nights when we would drive to Dairy Queen after a game at school and talk about our lives.

I miss your kind and welcoming families and the support we used to give one another during tough times. People used to tell us we were so lucky to be such good friends for so long. Funny how things have changed.

I wish I could say that I valued all the times we spent together. Our friendships were based on respect, humor, and love. But as the years went on, our conversations became short and dry--like we were strangers. Our fears ate away at our friendships, and our trust had been broken. I can't quite pinpoint the exact moment everything went wrong, it built upon itself until it all came crumbling down, like a game of Jenga. Maybe we fell apart because we were becoming the people we were always meant to be, and that meant we did not need each other anymore. I guess we will never really know. Sometimes I think about sending you both a "How are you doing?" text, but can never get myself to send it. I still feel so much pain when I think about the way our friendships made me feel. I hope that if you ever need someone to talk to, know that I am always here to listen.

It is strange that we are all scattered across the country now trying to shape our own careers and lives when a few months ago we were sitting in a living room eating ice cream and doing chemistry homework. I hope one day in the future we can sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and remember all the stupid things we got ourselves into during High School.

Hope all is well,

Your Ex-Best Friend.

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