To The Best Friend I Won't See This Summer

To The Best Friend I Won't See This Summer

I want you to have the best summer ever, but don't forget me.

Things get crazy. We’re in college, and you live a couple thousand miles away. I feel like we met yesterday, but I also feel like I haven’t seen you in years. I love our friendship because when we finally see each other during the holidays or the next spring break, we will catch up, and it’ll be like nothing changed. Sure, a lot of sh*t happened to us this year, and you’re living it up on the west coast, but I’ll love you until the end.

Our friendship wasn’t ever perfect because nothing is, but you’re one of the most real people I’ve ever met. You taught me so much, you opened my eyes to many things and you truly shaped me to be the person I am today. We had some crazy times, and I just want to thank you for loving me through the stupid fights, the mean girls, the stress and anxiety. You always made me feel at peace when I felt crazy—I'll never be able to thank you enough for that. You taught me that a true friend is supposed to be there through the good and the bad.

I miss you like crazy, and I have so much to tell you. There was a time during senior year where I couldn’t imagine going through college without you by my side, but I realized that we’d have to go our separate ways. I always knew you’d do big things, and when people asked me where you were going to school, I felt like a proud parent given all you’ve accomplished. I can’t wait to see where you go in life. Thank you again for believing in me and supporting me through it all. I know we don’t talk every day, but I will have your back no matter what.

I want you to have the best summer ever. I want you to live it up! I want you to meet new people, spend your money on concert tickets, dye your hair and freaking love yourself. Spend some time on the beach (and for the love of all that is great, wear sunscreen). When you’re out there soaking up the rays, I hope you think back and remember the senior skip days, long talks about our future and the jam sessions to all your favorite tunes. I hope you think back to the high school years and remember us laughing, crying, having dance parties, singing at the top of our lungs in the car to the Chili Peppers and going on adventures. I'll be your gal forever.

Cover Image Credit: Lindsey Ocock

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A Letter To My College Squad

To me, that's more than just friendship, you have truly become my family.

When I began college, my mother warned me, "Never settle for friends you make out of convenience. They aren't going to last. I never saw my friends from my first semester after it was over." I was terrified that I would never find a group of people that I would consider family.

During my first week of school, I met the first of my lifelong friends. You were in my dorm, just sitting in a study lounge. I assumed that you would be a friend of convenience, so I didn't think much of our first meeting. I had no idea the impact you would have on me until we went to our first off campus party together. We stuck together like glue, danced the entire time, and that's when I knew that I wouldn't be getting rid of you anytime soon.

I soon met everybody else, either in people's dorms, through other friends, or at the dining hall. Now any day when we don't text or see each other (which RARELY happens) feels like a day wasted.

It's truly amazing to never feel like there's never a time where I have nobody to sit with at lunch and dinner. I've always had somebody to study with whenever I'm doing homework. From watching terrible Youtube shows, to singing in the car, to just sitting around being the crazy idiots we are, there is NEVER a dull moment with you.I can honestly attest that we are better than all Hollywood squads, the Golden Trio, and any other friend group you could think of.

Today, I passed out in my room and instead of my presence going unnoticed, you found me in my room and immediately helped me up and joked around with me to raise my spirits. To me, that's more than just friendship; you have truly became my family.

I began college believing I would only have friends because it was convenient for us to all hang out. You all come from different dorms, so we have to actually put effort into seeing each other. This just proves that we're not friends because it's easy, but because we love each other and want to support each other in life. I am so lucky to have found you all!

A final message to the squad: Thank you for being the best friends I could ever ask for!

Love Always,


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