A Letter to My Friends

A Letter to My Friends

I cannot thank you enough.
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Dear amazing people that I have the fortunate opportunity to call friends:

A lot of revealing things have come out of the past week. Writing out my suicide story, as some of you have put it, takes balls. Maybe a better phrasing of that would be that it is brave, but knowing the inappropriate context that I like to put things in, it makes sense.

You guys have not judged me for being authentically me. It gives me great pride to admit that the people currently involved in my life are here for me until the end. You guys love me for me, and that is amazing. I love how you guys think that I am cool. I think that you are pretty cool, too, so I guess that is why you are my friends.

At the beginning of summer, I was a train wreck. What many of you guys did not know is that I was a suicidal train wreck. I was so ready to end my own life. But y'all? You basically said, "guuuurl, you have a lot to live for." Joking aside, you made me feel whole again. You said, "hey, I am here for you and I love you." Who knew that three words would literally be the reason that I am alive today?

As Kenny Chesney says, "I've got friends in low places." It is so true. My friends are people from high school, college, and from my weird in between stage. Some I have known for six years, others six months. Some I met in class, others just gravitated towards me. The point is, I have felt so much love from such a diverse, fantastic group of people. I know that I will one day be able to pay you back in my Inaugural Address, but until then, I hope this will suffice.

I love the saying that "love has no boundaries." I hope you guys realize that you can come to me for anything and I will not judge you. If you need a hug, I've got you. If you want to get some dry ice at 3 AM, I've got you. No matter the circumstance, I will do anything for my friends. We all connect with certain people at the appropriate times in our lives, and I am glad we crossed paths when we did.

Sometimes, I look at the people in my life in sheer amazement because you love me and choose me. I know that I can be a lot to handle sometimes, but with you, I never feel that way. Something about unconditional love from something that is not a dog makes me feel whole.

So thank you. Thank you for the Krispy Kreme runs. Thank you for telling me to choose my future instead of what was in the past. Thank you for making me choose life instead of the alternate. Thank you for loving me and accepting me. I am so lucky to have the people that I do in my life, and I am glad that you chose me.

Love you forever,

Emily Rasch

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Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.


4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

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What A Decade-Long Friendship Has Taught Me

A letter to my best friend, and a reflection of the past ten years.

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Thank you for being my best friend these past ten years.

It's somewhat of an overused phrase, but friends really do come and go. It's crazy to realize how many people we lose touch within our lifetimes. Sometimes the loss of a friend is really hard to get over; sometimes you don't even realize the friendship is gone until it hits you years later. Even though many of the friendships I've made over my lifetime have ended, they taught me a great deal — for better or for worse. I'm thankful for everyone in my life, whether I'm still close to them or not because I wouldn't be who I am today without their impact on my life.

But I truly believe there are some people who are meant to be your friends for life.

To think our friendship started when we were just awkward seventh-graders and now we're almost college graduates — and you're still the greatest friend I've ever had. Despite different schools and friend groups, we never lost touch, and we continued to grow together. Our friendship had only strengthened, despite everything. I don't think people are as lucky as you and I to find a friendship like ours.

Ten years of our friendship have taught me a lot about what kind of friend I want to be, and I think everyone should strive to be the kind of friend that you are.

You are the kind of person who gives your whole heart to someone, the kind of person who will stay up the entire night trying to comfort someone. You don't give up on your friends, even when they don't deserve your kindness. You give your strength to people who can't find their own. You forgive and forgive and forgive everyone, even the people who may not deserve it. You deserve the world for all you do.

Ten years of our friendship have taught me a lot, but the most significant realization is that I'm a really lucky person to have you in my life.

Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a friend.

Thank you for supporting me, for laughing with me, for crying with me and for never giving up on me. Thank you for the Target runs, for the random late-night drives, for listening to me complain about the toxic people in my life, for reassuring me about my worries. Thank you for your patience, your encouraging words, and most importantly, for the many laughs we've shared.

Thank you for a decade-long friendship. Thank you for being my forever friend.

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