I know what everyone says about the friends you make in high school. Normally it's "you're lucky if you're friends with ONE person you were friends with in high school."

Yeah, I get it. Everyone sees high school as a temporary place to make temporary friends.

But that's just not the way I see it.

I started high school as a terrified freshman, who had no friends and no idea what she was doing with herself. But, I was lucky enough to have lunch with one of my old friends from middle school (and for the record, we've been friends since the 6th grade, and are still friends in 12th).

So yeah, I really only needed my one friend and I was totally okay with that.

Sophomore year was different, though. I still really had no friends, and when I came into lunch that year, I had strangers sitting at my table with my friend and I. Well, strangers to me. Little did I know that I would become amazing friends with one of them.

Sophomore year was successful solely based on the fact that I now had two friends instead of one.

The three of us got along so well, and had so much fun together, that I really didn't see the need to have any more of us around. But, of course, junior year had more plans for me.

Junior year added on another three strangers.

But by the end of the year, the six of us were going to prom together and having sleepovers at least every two weeks.

My point of the story–the thing that I really wish I didn't have to say is–I really hope I have these girls in my life throughout college and beyond.

I hate saying it because as of right now I couldn't imagine these people in my life.

Of course, we fight and have days where we don't even want to talk to each other, but without them, I feel incomplete. They've been there for me more than I could've ever imagined in the last year.

They have all seen me at my worst. They've watched me get my heart broken, and they've seen me break some hearts. They went to prom with me, and have seen me achieve things that I never thought I would.

I may have started off high school as a terrified little freshman with no direction, but look at me now. Ending high school with five best friends, who have given me so much to look forward to in my life.

So for the people who tell me that I won't have these friends later in my life, I don't think you're right.

Friendships only work out when there's communication, trust, and love. And believe me, we all have a lot of that.

Without these girls, I don't think I would've been as successful in anything I did in my four years of high school. Not only did they get me through it, but they made it something to look forward to.

Maybe not everyone keeps their friends from high school, but that doesn't mean I have to lose mine too.

I see people almost every day who are still good friends with people that they hung out with in high school, so why can't that be me too?

I'm in control of my life and what I want to do with it, and having these girls be a part of it is what I want.

I have every intention of having these girls in my life for as long as they want to be in it. And I just know that we'll be by each other's sides through everything.