17 'Thank-Yous' My College Girl Gang Deserves

17 'Thank-Yous' My College Girl Gang Deserves

Because you just don't hear it enough.
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Sometimes, when we find a really great group of friends, we start to get used to it. We feel very lucky to have them, but we begin to take them for granted. No matter who your girl gang is, make sure they know how thankful you are for them.

1. Thank you for always responding to my texts

Whether it is an important question/revelation, a collection of screenshots or just "what r u doing", thank you for always responding.

2. Thank you for letting me tell you anything (read: literally anything)

And not making me feel weird about what I tell you. Whether its a weird medical question or a story that maybe should have been kept to myself, thanks for being a listening ear.

3. Thank you for being there for me through the tough times

It is hard to be around people when they are going through a hard time, whatever that may be. But thanks for doing it.

4. Thank you for having fun with me even doing boring stuff

Somehow, with the right gang, even doing sprints at the gym or homework at the library can be semi-enjoyable.

5. Thank you for doing the little things for me

Whether that is bringing me McDonald's in the middle of the night when I'm stressed or telling me I look nice when I'm having one of those days, it means the world.

6. Thank you for being honest with me

I'd rather you tell me I look ridiculous than lie and say "oh, that looks great!" when it is clear it doesn't. The honesty is what separates good friends from great friends.

7. Thank you for supporting me constantly

Little encouraging text messages mean so much, but even just a heart for eyes comment on a picture can make you feel on top of the world.

8. Thank you for making hours go by in minutes

With the right gang, it can go from your 7 p.m. homework meet up to your 1 a.m. pizza chow down and High School Musical showing in what feels like minutes. (You're the right gang.)

9. Thank you for laughing at my piece of sh*t jokes

I appreciate the pity laughs. But what I appreciate most is those moods where all the crap jokes are the ones that result in laughing tears.

10. Thank you for not making me feel like I need to change to fit in

From a person who has had a hard time finding the right friend group, thank you for letting me just be myself and still loving me for it.

11. Thank you for keeping me on track with my goals

I appreciate you telling me not to order those cookies (or, 6 of those cookies rather) and reminding me why.

11. But also for not making me feel bad when I don't meet the mark

But sometimes, 6 cookies are necessary. Thanks for knowing the difference.

12. Thank you for understanding my moods (sometimes just by my face)

After a while, you've learned what should/should not be brought up and when. That's the sign of a true friend group.

13. Thank you for not judging me, ever

For anything. That's a pretty impressive feat.

14. Thank you for also thinking a night in watching 2000s tween movies an unforgettable night

The laughter shared over the "Lizzie McGuire" movie or "Jump In" is laughter that can't be found elsewhere.

15. Thank you for being friends worth telling my parents about

You're the kind of people who are worth telling everyone about. It's only fair my parents know about my other family.

16. Thank you for being friends worth being my bridesmaids

You're the people who have stood next to me for a long time, and the people who will stand next to me at my wedding, too.

17. Thank you for loving me, through and through

That is the brunt of it. Thank you for being the greatest friends a girl could ask for. I don't deserve it, but I am thankful.

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A Letter To The Grandpas Who Left Far Too Soon

The thoughts of a girl who lost both of her grandpas too early.
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Dear Grandpa,

As I get older, my memories are starting to fade. I try to cling to every last bit of memory that I have of you. There are certain memories that have stuck well in my brain, and I probably will never forget them, at least I hope I don't. I remember your smile and your laugh. I can still remember how your voice sounded. I never want to forget that. I catch myself closing my eyes to try to remember it, playing your voice over and over in my head so that I can ingrain it in my memory.

I always thought you were invincible, incapable of leaving me. You were so young, and it caught us all by surprise. You were supposed to grow old, die of old age. You were not supposed to be taken away so soon. You were supposed to see me graduate high school and college, get married to the love my life, be there when my kids are born, and never ever leave.

My heart was broken when I heard the news. I don't think I had experienced a pain to that level in my entire life. At first, I was in denial, numb to the thought that you were gone. It wasn't until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, that I realized you weren't coming back. Holidays are not the same anymore. In fact, I almost dread them. They don't have that happy cheer in the air like they did when you were alive. There is a sadness that hangs in the air because we are all thinking silently how we wished you were there. I hope when I am older and have kids that some of that holiday spirit comes back.

You know what broke my heart the most though? It was seeing your child, my parent, cry uncontrollably. I watched them lose their dad, and I saw the pain that it caused. It scared me, Grandpa, because I don't ever want to lose them like how they lost you. I can't imagine a day without my mom or dad. I still see the pain that it causes and how it doesn't go away. There are good days and there are bad days. I always get upset when I see how close people are to their grandparents and that they get to see them all the time. I hope they realize how lucky they are and that they never take it for granted. I wish I could have seen you more so that I could have more memories to remember you by.

I know though that you are watching over me. That is where I find comfort in the loss. I know that one day I will get to see you again, and I can't wait for it. I hope I have made you proud. I hope that all that I have accomplished and will accomplish makes you smile from ear to ear. I hope that the person I marry is someone you would approve of. And I hope that my kids get more time with their grandpa than I did because the amount I got wasn't fair.

I want to say thank you for raising your child to be the best parent ever because they will one day be the best grandparent ever. Just like you.

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To The Newly Graduated Seniors, Thank You

A thank you to the new alumni who made my freshman year great.
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Dear Newly Graduated College Seniors,

Thank you for coming into my life when you did. As you were preparing to leave college, I was just getting started. You have shaped my life and my future career in many, many ways and I am proud to have gone to college with you for the short time I was allowed.

First of all, thanks for showing me that graduation will happen. Whether it is in four years or five years I have seen that graduation is a possibility and not just a distant dream. I feared when I first began my college career that I would not be able to graduate but you have shown me that with the right amount of perseverance and confidence I will be able to get my undergraduate degree.

You guys have also taught me not to let the problems of becoming an actual adult let you down. It is okay to cry and ask for help when I have a situation I do not think I can handle. You guys supported me through many obstacles my freshmen year of college and I will continue to support you as you move on to bigger and better things.

One of the most important lessons you taught me is not to dismiss the freshmen. I was so scared you guys would automatically shut me down because you were on your way to graduation and did not want to make any more connections or friends that you would leave behind. All of you took me in and listened to me and gave me memories that I will personally cherish for the remainder of my college career and even after I graduate.

Thank you, now alumni, for being my friend and giving me a place in your lives. Please keep in touch and visit. I can not wait to have an amazing Alumni Weekend because of the amazing seniors I was blessed to meet as a freshmen.

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