Dear BFF,

Before I get into this open letter, let me publicly congratulate you on coming across your recent milestone: graduating high school! I know it was not an easy journey battling senioritis and “frenemy” drama, but you did it! As you have the time of your life in college and make lifelong friendships (while holding onto ours!), please be sure to maintain those straight A’s. I am grateful to be part of your major life transition, and I hope you do the same for me when I graduate college.

It is hard to believe I was in your place two years ago while you were entering the upperclassmen years of high school. Little did you and I know, less than 48 hours after my high school graduation, our paths would cross at IMPACTU...which ironically fell on National Best Friend's Day. With you, I’ve experienced college life: our creative writing sessions during the day, wandering around campus in our free time, and singing and dancing around the residential hall lobby after quiet hour. That five day journey is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I am forever grateful that I decided to attend IMPACTU for the first and last time, otherwise I would not be writing this article!

People like you are hard to find in this world. I literally mean that because we share the INFJ personality type, making up less than 1% of the Earth’s population. Thank you for being by my side through the difficult times, from personal issues to moments when I could not help but question my writing career. I cannot wait to see you again within the next year! I know the 850 mile distance can be frustrating, but thank you for making it work. Our daily chats via FaceTime and social media are enough to make my day. You may never know how thankful I am for you. I hope this letter at least showed you.

Love always,

Bry (aka Tiana)