To The Friends I Have Already Made In College

To The Friends I Have Already Made In College

It's only been a month, but you guys mean the world to me.
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4 weeks. A month. Approximately 31 days. That’s how long we’ve been in college. A lot can change in that short amount of time. I came into college scared and excited. I was determined to find “my people” that I want to experience college with. I wanted a few close friends and not a ginormous group of people, and I’m happy to say that I’ve found those few people. This article is specifically for you guys and I hope you like it. I’m going to try and keep this short, so bear with me.

Alex- Thank you for being such a wonderful friend, from being half asleep during a fire drill and struggling to do basic math, to talking in psychology about a little boy’s dream of being an MMA fighter we’ve already made a lot of memories. Here’s to many more Starbucks runs and borrowing scantrons for a psychology test. Stay beautiful and remember to always keep your head up. Love you so much!

Keke- We’ve known each other since 8th grade and I’m so happy we’ve been friends ever since. Having you at Lander puts a big smile on my face. Thank you for being a bestfrined. I can’t wait for many more drives from Lander back to Sumter. It’s such a great feeling to have you here at my home away from home and I hope you come to love it just as much as I do! Here’s to many more Disney movies to be watched on campus, and many more conversations about all the struggles of college. Much love to you, and remember I’m always here for you. Love you so much!

Dawson- To be honest, I almost put “dingus” or “my dude” because you would have known it was yours. Back home I had a couple of close guy friends, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find any when I went off to college, but you proved me wrong. You’ve literally become my best friend in this short amount of time and it’s been awesome! We’ve had so many adventures already. From the disaster of pink hair dye, to you riding with me to Anderson just to buy Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I’m glad we share the same love for Melanie Martinez and other performers. Thanks for always sending me pictures of cute puppies just to make me even happier than I am at that current moment. And just remember you’re an amazing friend even though you hate my driving and pick on me about how I say “no”. Much love my dude!

Sarah, Helena, and Cynthia- MY OH MY, where do I begin my lovelies? You all are such beautiful souls. I’m going to keep this short because I could go on and on. My beloved froomies that finally became my roomies! We may get slightly annoyed with each other at times, but we are living together 24/7. From the adventures of making waffles, to braving a hurricane just to buy food to avoid the cafeteria, a lot of things have already occurred this semester. I can’t wait to make so many more memories with you guys. I love the movie nights that we’ve been having and the fact that I can count on you guys for anything. I love each of you all so much!

To wrap it all up, all of you guys have made Lander feel like home. You guys constantly put a smile on my face and make me happy. Thank you for being such wonderful friends in this adventure of college.

Love,

Aubs.

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.
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Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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Stop Assuming Your Queer Friends Are Going To End Up Falling For You

News flash: if you're my friend, the chances of me falling for you are slim to none.

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Ever since I came out my senior year, I've encountered bumps of my friendships due to my sexuality. I think people understand gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities rather well. However, there are other members of the LGBTQ+ community that isn't as understood as well.

I identify as pansexual but start using the term queer. Essentially, I don't have a preference if someone identifies as female or male. When it comes to love and relationships, I care about the quality of the person and if I'm getting the love and respect I deserve.

However, to some of my friends, they seemed to become afraid. They distanced themselves in our friendships in fear I would end up falling for them.

News flash: if you're my friend, the chances of me falling for you are slim to none. You are my friend for a reason. If I liked you, I would honestly be too nervous to talk to you.

It's nice to know to have that kind of self-confidence where you think everyone has a crush on you. That's the attitude to have because you are a pretty great person. However, sorry to break it to you, but you just are not my type.

There is absolutely no reason to cut off a friendship just because you don't understand. Your queer friends would probably like you to ask questions. It can be a sign you care about them and showing support. There is nothing wrong with asking questions either. When you're in class and you don't know anything, then you ask a question. When you are getting to know someone, you ask questions. Even if you knew this person for a while, ask away!

I think there is a stigma of not knowing something and feeling embarrassed. However, it shouldn't be this way. We should embrace the unknown, learn, and grow from it. It's 2019. It's all about being open-minded to differences. We have to do better for the next generation.

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