An Open Letter to My Guy Best Friend

An Open Letter to My Guy Best Friend

You probably don't want to hear all the reasons why I love you, but I'm going to tell you anyway...

When we first met, I never would have thought that I would be able to call you my best friend. I have had many people walk in and out of my life without making much of an impact on me, but with you, everything is different. You have been the one person who has always stayed true to me, regardless of what I put you through. I have never once questioned your friendship or honesty, mainly because I have never had a reason to.

I know it probably isn’t easy for you to be my best friend. You have to deal with all my complaining, my ups and downs, and most often, my bossiness. I don’t know how you do it, but I am forever grateful that you do. I am sure that you never expected that you'd be the person that I would turn to when I needed someone to talk to. To be honest, I never would have thought you would be the person to cheer me up or help me through a bad time either. However, you are that person for me. You always know how to put me in a better mood. You make fun of me and I yell at you for doing it, and somehow, everything is better.

We have been through much more than most people know, yet somehow we are still here. As much as you drive me crazy, I wouldn’t trade you for the world. Even when we get into arguments, you know I can't stay angry with you for longer than 15 minutes, so you'll change the subject and say something that makes me laugh and forget about everything else. As much as I hate that you trick me into forgetting what I was mad at, I love that I don't have to stay mad at you for long.

Something you probably don’t know is how proud I am of you. I always tell you, “I wish you would stop doing this or why can't you start doing that.” While I may never stop expecting more from you, I do it because I know that you will accomplish whatever you set your mind to. I see so much potential in you that even you may not see yourself. You have taught me to be strong even when it seems impossible, and now I expect the same from you.

I have found that a lot of people do not understand our relationship. They are confused as to how I can be so close with a guy, or how my friendship with you could be worth more to me than my relationships with my girlfriends. The truth is, I don't know how it happened, but you have become one of the most important people in my life.

I really could not imagine a better best friend than you. Whether it be suffering through long road trips or being your emergency contact at doctors appointments, I have enjoyed every second of our friendship. Thank you for always being honest with me. Thank you for teaching me to tough it out and appreciate every part of life. Thank you for dealing me even though I am a pain in your ass.

You drive me crazy but I'll always love you.


Your Best Friend

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.

Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.

Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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Christmas Is Coming And Every Female College Frosh Is Putting These 15 Things On Her List

Here's what the typical college girl would love to be gifted on Christmas.


After the end of fall semester, you've probably realized you are in need of a few things that you didn't have before. Christmas is a perfect time to get those necessities (without having the pay for them yourself).

1. Keurig

If you have yet to discover, coffee is your new best friend in college. Having a Keurig in your own dorm room makes your favorite wake-up juice so much more readily available, and will help you feel less guilty when you go for your fourth cup.

2. K-Cups

With your brand spankin' new Keurig, you're going to need some delightful little things called K-Cups. Stock up during the holidays, because they get expensive when you have to buy them yourself, and drinks always taste better when they've been purchased by someone else.

3. Wallflower fragrance plugs

Most dorms or sorority houses won't allow candles, but they do allow wallflower fragrance plugs. These wonderful, scented gifts from Bath & Body Works will surely get rid of that old pizza box smell drifting through your room, and they're so easy to use — you just plug them into the wall!

4. New pens or highlighters

If you're a stressed college girl, there's a big change that you've been on Pinterest and discovered journaling as a way of relaxation. In order to feed your new obsession, ask for a fresh set of brightly colored pens and highlighters.

5. Slippers

Whether it's too cold in your room or you don't want to put on shoes to go pick up your food delivery, slippers are a great thing to have lying around your room. And if you're having that kind of day, they can easily double as the shoes you wear to class.

6. A 32 or 64 ounce water bottle

One of the first things you learn in college is that it's really hard to drink water. You may not have the same kind of access to water that you do at home, or you are just tempted by the various sodas and sugary drinks available at the dining hall. Get yourself a big water bottle and challenge yourself to drink it, refill it, and then drink it again.

7. Sorority merchandise

You've probably joined a sorority and want every single item in existence that has your Greek letters on it. Christmas is a great time to receive hats, sweatshirts, jewelry, or room decor, and expand your ever-growing collection of Greek merch.

8. Room decor

You've definitely noticed by now that the white brick walls of your dorm room closely resemble that of a prison's. To make your new cell feel more like home, ask for some wall hangings or pictures to liven up the place.

9. Insulated mug

January — the worst month of the year. The joy of the holidays has ceased, and the fact that it's 20 degrees outside gives you very little motivation to go to your 8:30 class. But you can grab your new insulated mug filled with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and hold it closely as you face the suffering and ugliness that lies outside.

10. Scrunchies

You've quickly learned to abandon all hope that you'll look nice for class. But maybe a colorful scrunchie in your hair will distract people from the deathly dark circles underneath your eyes?

11. Gift cards

The most common thing you hear about college kids is how broke we are, and I am hear to say that isn't necessarily 100% true. However, we definitely don't enjoy buying things with our own money, so gift cards make a great present to a selfish college student.

12. A massage

Having to take a five minute walk to class and sleeping in till noon can really take a toll on your body. A massage is the perfect way to release the stress of figuring out who you're taking to semi-formal or what you should wear to a party.

13. A new roommate

Maybe living with your roommate isn't all it's cracked up to be. She's too loud, stays up too late, and doesn't clean anything, so you've decided it's time to get a new one. If you ask Santa nicely, maybe he'll bring you one that does your homework for you.

14. A boyfriend

So you said you were going to put yourself out there this semester, and finally meet a guy who was worthy of your everlasting love. However, that didn't seem to work very well, so hopefully, on Christmas morning, there will be an engineering major standing at your front door with cookies and "Gilmore Girls" queued on Netflix.

15. Straight A's next semester

Even with that new planner and a different study plan, things didn't go your way this semester in the "grades" department. With a little Christmas spirit and the power of the Hallmark Channel, if you wish hard enough, hopefully, some holiday magic will make an appearance on your grade report next year.

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