A Letter to My College Best Friend

College has and never will be easy but the friends you make in college make it bearable, memorable and one hundred times worth it. The time you spend in college is meant to be a few of the best years of your life. Friends that you make in those few years are what make it the best. That experience becomes even better when you find your college best friend.

So here’s to you, my college best friend,

Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being there in the exact moment I needed you to enter my life. Thank you for taking a chance on me and sharing your college experience. Thank you for having my back and for holding my hand through the hard times. Thank you.

College was something new. I moved far from home and didn’t know a single person. I went through the motions and did the freshman activities you’re supposed to do to make friends. It scared me when those activities produced nothing but phone numbers of people who I’d never talk to again. It was scary to sit alone in lecture halls hoping that someone else would have the courage to say hello. I was scared that maybe, for the first time in my life, I wasn’t going to make any life-long friends.

I had heard the horror stories of the terrible roommates that you were sure would kill you in your sleep, or the friends that only last a term. I still had hope though. I hoped that those stories of finding your life-long best friend would be my own stories one day.

And then I met you.

I wouldn’t say that I found you or that you found me. I’d like to think that we found each other and that circumstances pushed us together at the perfect moment, even though it wasn’t that first year. I know that when I look back on those first moments when we were just starting to get to know each other I don’t think I really knew how far we’d come. I think I felt like I was just meeting another college student and that the only thing we had in common was that we were in the same club, class, major or student job.

I didn’t think that there was so much more to connect our lives. We bonded when we finally took the time to get to know each other. That’s what really started this friendship. It wasn’t long after that day that I think we both realized that we were going to be great friends. We were going to be those college best friends that toughed it out when life got hard, stood tall when others tried to bring us down and celebrated the minor achievements, called each other at two in the morning to talk about our night out.

We became each other’s person (and we bonded over the fact that we both knew what “my person” meant.) We became study buddies, lunch date partners, bar hoppers, sleepover sisters, co-pilots and each other’s home away from home. We made sure we had each other’s backs and we promised to be there for one another through thick and thin. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our other mutual friends thought we were annoying too, but we wouldn’t have cared anyway.

I hope to hold on to the memories that we made and never forget all the laughter, the late nights, the shenanigans. I wish I had met you sooner so there was even more of those memories. College would not have been the same without you. I’m not sure I would have survived those upper division classes or 2am frustrations without you. I can’t imagine how different my college experience would have been if I hadn’t met you.

Even though it took some time and a lot of sifting through the bullshit, I got that great college experience I’d been told stories about. A large part of that great experience was because of you. I cannot thank you enough for your friendship.

I’m so thankful to have had you by my side for those college years. And now to have you as a life-long friend. Even though we’ve gone our separate directions since graduation, we will always find a way to stay connected. The Snapchats, the phone calls and the Facetime sessions keep us together even though we are hundreds of miles a part. So here’s to you, my college best friend and to all our future adventures.

I will forever be thankful to have you by my side and to have made so many wonderful memories with you.

All my love,

Your college best friend

P.S. Happy Birthday.

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