To The First New Friend I Made In College

To The First New Friend I Made In College

You've made college life a little bit easier.

Let's go back a few months to the end of August. It's the week before school starts and I'm not only at a new school but a new place.

Needless to say, that first week I was nervous. So far, I only knew one person and they went to the same high school as I had.

We actually met the week before, in our K group. If I remember correctly, there were two other girls that we met and sort of hung out with, at least at the beginning. I think the turning point to our friendship was when you asked me if I wanted to go to my first real college party. I, of course, said yes.

Little did I know what saying yes would turn into. We became inseparable and you became my very first friend.

Throughout the first week, we grew closer, we watched the solar eclipse together, then went to cookouts that some of your friends were hosting at their house.

Also, because you are from Lexington, you were able to introduce me to all of those friends, and we even discovered that we both have December birthdays! We also discovered that we lived fairly close to each other. This turned out to be great, our system for driving has definitely helped me a lot.

The first day of school, I was nervous. But thanks to you, I wasn't. We decided to ride together, which I will forever be grateful for. Now, almost five months later, it feels like I've known you longer than just a few months. There's not much you don't know and not much I haven't told you about me.

You've made college life a little bit easier.

And as we're nearing the end of the semester, I can't wait to go home for the first time in about five months but one thing I will miss about being on break is that instead of being a few minutes apart, we will be a few states apart. But I also know that time will go by fast and I'll be back again for the spring semester.

You're probably one of the few people who I have only known a few months and can call my best friend (I mean, we've even cleaned a bathroom together). I'm glad we were able to meet and become so close.

I want to end by saying how thankful I am that you came into my life. Thanks for being there from the beginning, at a time when I was super anxious, meeting you helped calm my nerves and relax. Your openness to becoming my friend gave me a much-needed confidence to go and make more friends and suddenly I didn't feel alone anymore.

So here's to the next 3 1/2 years and many after that.

Cover Image Credit: Ray Zhang

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.

There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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To My Best Friend's Mom, Who Was Also Like A Mother To Me, Too

I'd like to start with thank you.


I'd like to start with thank you.

Thank you for the countless times you included and supported me, from a young age to the current day. Thank you for always packing an extra snack, including me in weekend events and not getting mad when we'd forget to ask if we could have a sleepover. Thank you for treating me like one of your own, and always making me feel welcome. Thank you for always welcoming up your home, for carting me around on family vacations and for always being a shoulder to cry on or an extra person to sit and listen. Oh, and thank you for not getting mad that one time I broke the doorknob.

You played just as important role in my life growing up, as my own family, and I'm incredibly thankful for that.

I'll never for the first time we just "assumed" it was okay I spent the night. It was 10 pm on a Friday and we were spending our time like any other night distracted by our laptops, iPhones or some drama that happened at school earlier in the day. Finally, you came in to see what was going on and when you asked if we "had a question to ask you" all we could think to ask was if we could order pizza. Fast forward a year or two later and this would become the norm.

We'd spend countless hours outside on the trampoline, playing just dance in the living room and making our "famous" Mac and cheese or cheese quesadillas. You always went out of your way to make me feel accepted and even made sure the burgers off the grill didn't have any grill lines. You know, because this clearly meant that they were burnt.

You put up with my nonsense requests and always made sure they were at least acknowledged (no matter how ridiculous).After high school graduation our lives were clearly changing, and so was the friendship not only between my best friend and I but between you and I. We had grown and experiences many different life events together. What once was a nurturing and caring bond between us became as mutual adult friendship, and since then there was no looking backTo celebrate college graduation you helped us plan our trip to Disney and universal and attended it yourself.

The last time we took this trip her and I were mere juniors and high school, and now able to have drinks by the pool he dynamics were changing.

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