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Dear Friends, This Is My 'Thank You' For All The Times You Helped Me

Your closest friends need credit for all the times they've been helpful to you, even though they may not realize it.

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Living life comes with many difficulties and problems to be dealt with. Growing up, we start to realize just how much needs to be done to attain even the simplest future we dream of. As time passes, the hurdles we need to get through seemingly become tougher to face, and our resolve may start to fall in some instances. In these times of need, I am especially thankful to my friends for their support and encouragement. They help me overcome the challenges that I didn't think I would be able to face initially.

Thank you for listening to me rant about my difficult school life. I know that I can get pretty repetitive in my talks about school work, but I appreciate it when you stay and listen anyway. They were right, college work is no joke, and my constant frustration and stress about Chemistry and the lab that accompanies it is proof of that. I hope you know that my rants to you have helped me let off steam in a way. I also hope that you know that you can come to me when you need an ear for listening.

Thank you for being there during the nights were my nerves won't give me a break. There are plenty of days when going to bed early isn't an option for my body. I lie in bed, tossing, turning, kicking, and stretching in hopes of becoming comfortable enough to fall asleep. In those instances, I'm thankful for the replies you give to my silly texts. I'm also thankful for the time you stayed up with me and talked about various memories. This was truly one of the only times I've enjoyed staying up until four in the morning on a school night.

Thank you for reminding me that I'm doing okay. Recently, I haven't been getting the high grades I was used to in high school. Even though I know that I won't always be passing classes with flying colors in college, I still can't help but feel bad about myself. Then I'm reminded by you that I don't have to always be doing great and that I can always improve. Your encouragement during the times I cry about my insecurities help me feel more hopeful and better about myself. I can never lift myself up the way that you do.

Thank you for your updates and messages. The arrival of our freshman year in college also comes with our first year of not being in the same city or even state. Despite the distance and despite all the differences we now face, we somehow have kept the talks going, even if they may not be as long as they used to be. Even the short exchanges of words, the small mentions in social media, or the infrequent calls to each other, leave me happy and grateful. I know you are busy because I also face the same situation, but you somehow still are able to reach out to me regardless of that.

Thank you for being there despite it all. You may be in Indiana, Ohio, Vermont, back home in Chicago, or even just have a completely different schedule from me, but somehow you always find a way to simply be there. I sometimes forget to relay my message of gratefulness to you, and so here is my appreciation now. I hope I could become a pillar for you guys as well, and that somehow in my words and actions, I've helped you out in some way. I miss you, and I can't wait to see you all again during break.

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20 'Thank Yous' My Best Friends Need To Hear BEFORE The Semester Ends

Because I don't thank you enough.

Cassie
Cassie
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When I decided to graduate a year early, I never thought about how hard it would be to say goodbye. The best part of my three-year journey at Florida State was the friends that I had made. The friends you meet in college are the friends you will never forget. Although in two weeks we will be miles apart, this is not the end of us-- this is a different type of forever. At this point, all I can say is thank you for making my time here unforgettable. Thank you:

1. For buying me Ice Cream when I had a bad day.

2. For pushing me out of my comfort zone. 

3. For teaching me the right way to do Happy Hour. 

4. For complimenting me when I wore that tight dress.

5. For forcing me to go to the library with you.

6. For *trying* to make me go to the gym.

7. For giving me great advice that you know I won't follow. 

8. For letting me borrow your new shirt even though you haven't even worn it yet.

9. For forgiving me when I get a little sassy.

10. For telling me I can do better. 

11. For reading my shitty articles. 

12. For ignoring my absolutely terrible singing. 

13. For laughing at my jokes. 

14. For roasting me in the group chat. 

15. For driving me to class when I was too lazy to find parking. 

16. For picking me up from class when I was too lazy to walk back home.

17. For lending me money because I really REALLY needed that extra guacamole.

18. For tolerating my annoying self after your stressful day.

19. For staying up late because I didn't want to watch the scary movie alone.

20. For being the best friends I ever had.

Cassie
Cassie

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.

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From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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