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.

Cover Image Credit: Lander University

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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I'm The Girl Who Will ALWAYS Put 'Sisters Before Misters'

In the future, I know that when I start dating I won't forget that my best girl friends come first.

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As Valentine's Day comes up next month, and I am sitting on a couch watching a Buzzfeed Unsolved marathon of season one of "True Crime" and "Supernatural," I think back to the past year and my history with my love life. The more I think about it, the more I am fine with it.

Nothing major has happened. I still haven't had my first kiss, or my first significant other, still a virgin, and all is fine.

This can be seen as a follow up to my article where I talked about how I am 19, never had a significant other, and I am still having the time of my life. Now, as I am in a new decade of my life (yes, I'm talking about my twenties), nothing much has changed.

But now I am in a point where I am sticking with a phrase. That phrase is the well-known "sisters before misters."

A feminine play on the phrase "bros before hoes," where male friends say that their friends come first and any significant other, specifically female, comes second, "sisters before misters" means that female friends come first before any significant others, specifically of the male species. A majority of my friends are girls and while I do also have friends that are guys (hi, Sean and Josh), I know that I will never think of dating them in the future as they are like brothers to me.

But I know that when I get into my first relationship, I will definitely make time for my friends.

A while ago, I was (maybe still am) texting a guy that is close friends with one of my other close friends. My friend and I have established that if I were to get into a relationship with this guy, she knows that she can trust him with me (but if he hurts me, then he is dead). But another thing that we had established was that I was hers first and then his second, no matter how many times he said I was his, and even I said that she came first hands down.

Yes, I know that I have been single for 20 years of my life. Yes, I also dabbled a bit in dating apps like Tinder and sometimes Bumble. I only went back to Tinder after a year of not having, but after the small dabble I did in 2018 I decided to stop doing Tinder. But I still have it just in case (or if I am just a bored college student and I have nothing to do in my life which I definitely do have the stuff to do in my life).

But as time goes on for me, and I continue to get older and go through the rest of my college career, I do not know when I will find my quote-unquote "one." It could be during college, or it could be after college and I meet my one and only at my place of work (where my parents met), but I would just know that I will make sure to place my lady friends that have been there for a good point of my life first.

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