Saying Goodbye- Round 2

Saying Goodbye- Round 2

The summer after freshman year
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As my first summer from college comes to a close, I find myself going through many of the same emotions I went through a year ago. Although I have a year of college separating me from my life at home and the life I now have, this past summer has felt like nothing has changed. Coming home to friends and family is an amazing feeling, and getting right back into the swing of things is even better.

Knowing that the relationships that I have spent the past 18 years building are still as strong as ever, despite enduring distance and being an awful texted is very comforting and grounding. Despite having an entirely different life half-way across the country that is newer and often more exciting, I truly love my life at home. These past few weeks have reminded me of how much I value my friends, of all the good memories we have made together.

I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to come back to my old life. However, as my summer comes to an end, I am faced with saying goodbye to my friends a second time. Although it is sad to see everyone go, my emotions this year are slightly different.

Even though it feels like nothing has changed, everything has. My friends and I have spent an entire year apart from each other, living out totally different experiences. The fact that we came back from across the country as if we have never left, makes me unafraid to say goodbye a second time. For us distance truly did make the heart grow fonder, and I know that another year doing our own thing, building our own lives and making more amazing memories apart from each other does not mean that we will grow apart.

This year I say goodbye optimistically, excited for what is to come, knowing that it won't change what we already have.

Cover Image Credit: Ingrid Cherry

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How To Cope With A Best Friend Breakup


Breaking up with a boyfriend is one thing, but breaking up with your best friend is a whole new level of heartbreak.

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We all know breakups can be tough, but when that breakup happens to be between you and your best friend, things reach a new level of heartbreak. I met my best friend junior year of high school after our Spanish teacher randomly assigned us to be partners; we struggled so much in that class but in the end, we truly became inseparable. When senior year rolled around we were still close as ever; people would often joke that we were sisters because we looked and acted so much alike. We would go on little dates together, go to parties together, and were always the first person we called when something "major happened."

When my best friend's boyfriend of four years cheated on her while we were spring breaking in Europe, it became my duty to make her feel better; I would randomly drop off flowers and little notes to her house, spend countless hours just listening to her cry and vent, and even stopped talking to people associated with her boyfriend so as to show my "support." All of these things were no big deal to me considering I loved this girl like a sister; whatever she needed I was there to give that to her.

Things soon took a sharp turn when we entered not only the same college but the same sorority. While I was struggling with the social aspect of FSU, my best friend soon found new best friends. When I started having major issues with my boyfriend, I would automatically text/call my best friend as she did with me, but instead of support, I got the sense that she was passive and uninterested. Our little dates and goofy inside jokes disappeared and reappeared between her and her new friends, and my comfortableness around her soon turned into insecurity.

Coming to terms with the fact that the girl I knew everything about is now basically a stranger was a hard one to overcome; I didn't want to accept the fact that my best friend decided it was time to find new ones. It's heartbreaking knowing that the special things you shared with a person are now being shared with others, and it's hard to accept the fact that you aren't wanted or needed by the one person you thought would be by your side forever.

Since school has ended I think I have accepted the fact that we're no longer what we used to be. Of course, it still stings when I see social media posts with her new, college friends, but I just have to remind myself that this is part of life and I just have to move on. I will forever cherish the memories I made with her, but it's time to acknowledge that they were made with someone in my past, not with someone in my present.

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