Watching you grow into the person you are today is one of the biggest joys in my life. You have matured into such an accomplished, young girl. We have made countless memories from splashing around in the pool together to marathoning F.R.I.E.N.D.S to driving to school. I cannot believe that I am leaving you in less than a month.

Growing up, we had very contrasting personalities. While I was very fast-paced and always lived on the edge, you loved taking your time. You were very artistic and creative. You were an introvert who preferred reading books over parties. Meanwhile, I was an extrovert and loved going to parties and dances. However, we made such a great team and our personalities complemented each other perfectly.

You were the best sister any girl would dream of having. You happily accepted my hand-me-down clothing. You supported me during the college admission process. You brought me water, medicine, and food when I got sick. You put up with all of my drama without complaining.

During our fights over toys or clothes, I remembered how we would eventually end up rolling over on the ground and laughing over how silly it was. We always made up so quickly and went back to being the best buddies. I always felt so bad whenever you went to bed mad at me.

As I am preparing to leave for college, I want to tell you some tips that I wish I had known during my childhood. The most important one is to treasure the time with your parents and to always listen to them. Even though they may seem very demanding and annoying now, they only want what is best for you. It is better to listen to them now than to regret your decision later on. If you do not agree with what they are saying, be sure to speak up so they can hear your opinion too. This way, your relationship with them will be much more clear and stable.

Another tip to keep in mind is to appreciate your childhood. I know you always think that you can not wait to be an adult and move away. However, being an adult has much more responsibilities and stress than you can imagine. Learn how to value and make the most of your stress-free childhood now. Time flies faster than you think.

The last tip I want to impart to you is that you should try new hobbies. When you grow older, you realize that you do not have as much free time as you used to. You will no longer have time to read that newly released young adult novel or draw. Since you have the time now, it is essential that you make the most of it.

There will soon be new beginnings for the both of us. Our lives are just getting started. As we both embark on new adventures, I want to let you know that no matter what (just as stated in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. theme song) I will always be there for you.