To the Best Friend Going Abroad

I know this is unnecessarily sappy, but I'm going to write this anyway because I need you to know the kind of impact you have on my life.

You were the first friend I made at college, really the first true friend I made away from home. You have done so much more me and I can't even begin to describe how much I'm going to miss you. I know you think I'm over-exaggerating but I literally have no idea what I'll do when I can't come home and vent my frustrations to you right away.

When I first came to college, I was worried that I wasn't going to make friends. I knew that my roommate and I had similar tastes but I wasn't sure how well we would actually get along. I am horrifically shy and really struggle to makes friends on my own.

The first day that we moved in, you were the one who took the time to come up and introduce yourself to me. The next night? Oh man, the next night. I know we say we don't talk about the next night, but it's pretty clear in my mind still. I don't really think I could ever forget you walking into mine and Cate's room, where her friends were over and gaming, and deciding to stay and keep me company. That meant more to me than you'll ever really know.

From there on out, I think we can say we've been pretty inseparable. I mean, once you basically die on top of your friend, it's pretty hard to get rid of them. We've even gotten to the point that we refer to each other's parents as if they're our own.

I am so excited for what awaits you in Ireland. I'm so glad that I get to see the joy on your face every single time you talk about going abroad and even though I'm going to miss you like hell, I can't wait for you to have the experience of a lifetime.

Of course, this doesn't mean I'll stop sending you messages and random posts on Tumblr, or that I won't demand FaceTime sessions at least twice a week (keeping in mind that you'll be six hours ahead). Our friendship is going to survive this separation - I mean, it really isn't that much longer than summer break.

This is short and sappy (I will not make a height joke, I will not make a height joke, I will not make a height joke), but I felt the need to get it out. Lord knows that if I said this to you in person, I would break down crying and that's something neither of us want.

So good luck out there.

Don't forget me.

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