To The Friends Who Have Helped Me Through College I Wouldn't Have Made It Without You

To The Friends Who Have Helped Me Through College I Wouldn't Have Made It Without You

Thank you to my Squad for being there.
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Throughout your life, you meet people who will, in some way, have an impact on your life. This impact could be so small that you don't notice it, or it could be so big that you can't imagine your life without the impact. The big impact usually comes from friends.

Not the friends that you just say are friends but the friends that you can say you can't live your life without (for that moment in time). For me, these friends are my "Squad" and without them, I don't think I would've survived this long in college.

It doesn't matter if we are on a holiday break, there is not one day where we are not talking, or sending each other funny pictures or links we find on social media. And when we are all together, you can always count on us going on a Dutch run! Now, it is time I thank them.

Dear Victoria,

Well, you have literally been there since the beginning. You thought I was mean at first, but I just had a major case of RBF when we first met. I still do but at least you know that it is just my face! You are so awkwardly funny, you get way too hype when you have coffee, and you are the Grandma of the group, but that is what is so great about you. I am so excited to be the Maid of Honor in your wedding! Thank you for being my friend.

Dear Itzel,

Oh girl, I will never forget how we met. The volleyball game in which we made up the weirdest dance and started talking about DJ's. Our similar taste in music locked in our friendship and I can always count on you to update me when a new song comes out. I would like to thank you for letting me hang out at your apartment during my class breaks, and letting me leave my stuff at your apartment so I don't have to lug everything around. You always keep me hype at basketball games, and I appreciate that! You definitely are the mom of the group! Thank you for being my friend.

Dear Maya,

You are the fiercest person I know. You have such a sassy but vibrant personality and always have the need to help people. I love that about you! You (and Allissa) definitely have the best dance moves of the group and you always make me laugh. Your rants are so funny, your stories are the best, and having you in my life makes it that much better. Thank you for being my friend.

Dear Allissa,

I feel like you are literally me in a different body. You are so relatable in every way and I love you for that. You are so full of energy, even when you think you aren't, and it always hypes me up. You are always there for me, so in return, I will always be there for you when times get tough. Hanging out at your house is always a blast, and you already know that if you ever need anything (i.e. food/drink), I got you girl! I always forget that you are a year younger, but even then, you're the best friend a girl could have. Thank you for being my friend.

Dear Megan,

Oh my, where to begin. I am so glad that I got to know you. It took a year or two for us to finally talk and become close but I am so glad we did. You are so kind, which definitely balances me out and I love being around you. I can't wait for us to take a road trip out to see you! It will be so much fun! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your friend and thank you so much for being mine.

I couldn't survive college without you guys so thank you for being there for me and making it better.

Sincerely,

Samantha

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Outgrowing Friendships Is A Necessary Part Of Life

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Why do friendships naturally begin to gravitate away from each other? Why is there an emptiness within the bond that used to be filled with excessive passion? Why does effort suddenly disappear? Why do we lose the pieces that once kept us together?

It is a great challenge for me to look at people who were once the reasons behind my heart being so consumed in love, without tears filling my eyes to the point of exhaustion simply thinking of the friendship we used to possess. There are many moments I cannot understand why, when, and how we ended up going in different directions without the guidance we once craved and needed from each other. It seems impossible to release the specialness we shared. I cannot fathom the fact that we have been walking in parallel routes without even a glimpse of each other. I wonder if there's anything I could have improved upon to save us. Or were we not meant to be rescued?

Appreciate that you are engaging in internal growth, even if it is at the cost of separation from those you love deeply.

The timelines of our lives do not always match with those around us. Sometimes as we fall into the pits of despair, our friends find inescapable love. Sometimes as our friends grieve burdensome pains, we begin to visualize ourselves in a new light. As our pathways begin to part due to our progressions and setbacks occurring at diverse times, we fail to acknowledge the extents of our personal developments because we are too invested in analyzing a friendship that was not meant to last. When we lose such friendships we take our strengths for granted. We fail to think of the person we have become throughout the course of these attachments.

You have changed in beautiful ways and you should shy away from seeking to be the person you used to be for the sake of holding onto old friendships. You are experiencing a difference within yourself, and not everyone will understand such a difference, nor will their own differences connect with yours like they once have.

Do not overthink distanced friendships or it will lead you to endless self-doubt and unneeded frustration.

We drive ourselves insane by shifting such blame upon ourselves when we are left on an empty road full of questions. What could I have done to create such a disconnect within this friendship? Did I say something so exceedingly wrong to cause this hurtful shift? Did I bother this person with an unintentional act of thoughtlessness? Could I have been a greater friend? When we question, we doubt ourselves in ways we do not deserve. Recognition is needed to conquer the unsettling thought that there is not always a causation behind a drifting of individuals. Push yourself to stop searching for something that does not exist. You will find yourself on a path of creating the oddest explanations to help justify such a separation, when you should acknowledge that some questions do not have answers.

As you contemplate if the connection still remains, acknowledge that the underlying meaning of this contemplation means that the bond has disappeared. As life changes, people change, and as people change, their most valued friendships come to a close due to the similarities fading. Although this is a saddening concept to grasp, it is one that everyone should be prepared to experience. Sometimes there is no reason behind a dying connection aside from the interruptions life brings. We wrongly search for an exact understanding of why specific friendships do not feel as exciting or as effort-filled as they once were. But rather, we must seek to appreciate a friendship for all that it has consisted of, and learn to be OK with the fact that some relationships are not designed to be repaired when all that is left to discuss is the past versions of ourselves.

Some bonds are meant to be broken in order to find ourselves.

This brokenness is the price we pay for pursuing our journeys truthfully. When we come closer to a peace of mind and firm comprehension of who we are destined to be, we lose people who once meant the world to us because our visions, purposes, and values do not correlate. BE WILLING TO LET GO OF FRIENDSHIPS THAT ARE PREVENTING YOU FROM FINDING YOUR TRUE SELF, EVEN IF THE LOVE AND CARE IS STILL VERY PRESENT. DO NOT ALLOW DISTRACTIONS FROM ALL THAT LIES AHEAD OF YOU. JUST AS THERE IS BEAUTY AND LOVE IN HOLDING ON, THERE IS JUST AS MUCH BEAUTY AND LOVE IN LETTING GO. DO NOT FEAR AN UNCOMFORTABLE FUTURE WITHOUT PEOPLE BY YOUR SIDE WHO YOU FEEL YOU NEED, FEAR ONE THAT WITHHOLDS YOU FROM GROWING! Sometimes we must let go of others in order to hold onto ourselves.



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