Why Friends Who Say Goodnight Are So Important

Why Friends Who Say Goodnight Are So Important

It is a simple thing, but a massive thing.
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No matter what your college experience is or was there are undoubtedly going to be a few rough patches.

Whether it’s because of home sickness, trouble adjusting, or you just really feel like things aren’t going your way, your friends are so important. The things your friends do may seem insignificant at some points like oh hey they’re my friend they’re supposed to do that anyway, but there becomes a point of realization that some friends are more important than others in the things they do.

Personally, I did not have a rough transition to college like some others I knew, but there were still ups and downs. I was lucky enough to find some of my best friends my very first day of orientation, and the rest of the gang followed in just a few short weeks.

Thinking back, it is wild to realize that we only knew each other for a matter of months, but when I had to leave them for October break it was extremely sad. Yes, I was excited to be home with my family and friends, but I wouldn’t get to see these people that I had literally went from being strangers with to spending twenty-four seven with.

During that week home, I knew I had realized something, but the feeling from that realization did not come until almost a year later. As I was home with my family I realized all the little things we did for each other; and realized that my friends at school and I did the same things. The one thing that stood out to me almost year later was the friends that say goodnight.

Now whether it’s after a rough day or a great day, it is amazing to have someone say goodnight. And in the casual, “hey goodnight,” way but like they actually care. It doesn’t matter really what happened that day, or how long you saw your friend for. It is refreshing to hear them say goodnight, just as your family would do at home.

This is to say that your friends from college eventually become your family, which is an amazing experience. In this moment, you know you have found your squad.

Don’t worry everyone finds their squad at different points in their college experience, but you will definitely know when it happens. It is a relief to know you have people that you’ve known for such a short amount of time, but feel like a second family to you. It is a truly amazing experience and it can all stem from one word, goodnight.

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Mothers. You love them, you hate them (not really), you end up growing up to be just like them. But, when in college, your relationship with them grows to another level. You need them in a totally different way, you are no longer dependent on them, but you still have things that only they can answer.

1. What is my social security number again?

2. How do I fill the insurance form out at the doctor? Have I ever had the chicken pox?

3. How do I cook that dish again? I need every single step, please

4. Say, for instance, I washed a red with my whites, how do I get that out?

5. Remind me again why I am in college?

6. Can you transfer me some money?

7. Last time I promise, but can you transfer me money just one more time?

8. Can I have this dress? It is really cute on, pinky swear.

9. Can you please call the doctor to schedule my appointment?

10. What aisle is *insert food item* on in the grocery store?

11. So I am coughing and sneezing and I am in the medicine aisle at CVS, what should I buy??

12. I know I am like 20 something, but can you help me with the laundry again?

13. Hey, mom, I'm walking to class alone and don't want to look like a loner so hey, how's your day?

14. So I got a stain on my favorite shirt for the 14th time, how do I get that out?

15. Is it bad if I eat mac 'n' cheese for every meal?

16. OK, so *insert food product* expired a week ago, can I still eat it?

17. Oh my gosh, did you see *insert person* is engaged/having a baby??

18. What is the amazon login again?

19. Can you send me a pic of the dog, please?

20. Is it really that bad if I drop out of college?

21. Hey, what should I eat for dinner?

22. I'm having a nervous breakdown, hope you have a few hours to talk. No? Well too bad *talks for 4 hours about stupid professors and hating college*

23. Hey, mom, have I told you lately that you're the best and I love ya?

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This Thanksgiving I’ll Say, 'Thank U, Next' To My Ex-Best Friends

I am thankful for what they have taught me and how they have shaped me into a better version of myself!

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Recently, I have had Ariana's latest song "Thank U, Next" on repeat. I love the message of positivity and self-love that it sends. As I listened to it, though, I realized I wasn't exactly connecting it to any of my ex-boyfriend's (I'm still thankful for them, too), but rather my ex-best friends. So, this Thanksgiving, I thought I should show some thanks for what they have taught me and how they have helped me grow.



To the friend who taught me love:

You were once someone I considered a sister. From the moment I met you, we had an indescribable bond that lasted for almost eight years. You showed me what it truly means to have a best friend that is more like family. Towards the end of our high school days, the foundation of our friendship weakened, and life got in the way. I don't want you to ever believe that I am not thankful for all of the years of our friendship. You cried with me when I was heartbroken over the boy who I thought I'd never get over. You fangirled with me over band members we thought we might marry one day. You laughed with me over dumb jokes. Most of all, you were the best friend I ever had. Every day I think about you, and I hope that your life is treating you well. I know after college, you'll be so successful. I only wish the best for you.

To the friend who taught me patience:

We became close at a time in both of our lives where we struggled with mental illness. We fought it together and created a bond out of what we were struggling through. You helped me immensely through that time in my life. You guided me through a toxic relationship, one that came in between our friendship at one point. We lost touch for about a year, but when we reconnected our bond grew even stronger than it was before. You were extremely real with me. You never sugar coated anything, you helped me find closure with a lot in my life. We drifted apart as we made new friends, but I still love to watch you thrive. I will never forget the many football games we went to together, or the late-night talks about what we were struggling with. You helped me on the path to loving and accepting myself, and for that I thank you.

To the friend who taught me pain:

You came into my life in a unique way. We built our friendship through text message, and our bond was something so new and fresh to me at the time. I remember the intense excitement I felt when I finally had the chance to meet you for the first time. You made promises to me that I thought you would keep. I thought you were a forever friend. A few years into our friendship, I could feel you slipping through my fingers. We argued often, you canceled plans at last minute, and I clung onto something that didn't exist anymore. I reminisced on times where we would stay up till the early hours of the morning, texting each other, trying to comprehend how much our friendship meant to one another. Our friendship, that was once so deep and meaningful soon became extremely toxic. We didn't talk for months straight after our last and biggest fight, and once we finally did, you had given up on me. You taught me some of the worst pain I have ever experienced in any friendship. I am so grateful for our friendship because you taught me that I needed to put myself first. You taught me that I needed to be my own best friend.

"I know they say I find new best friends too fast, but this friendship will last, 'cause her name is Emma and I'm so good with that." I am my own best friend, now. I pick myself up when I fall and I grow stronger through my struggles with my own guidance. Each one of my ex-best friends has guided me to become the independent person I am today, and for that, I am so grateful.

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