I have always believed that people are put in your life at the right time. Trust me, I could not have asked for a better time to find you. 18 year old small town me could not wait to leave home. I was so excited to move five hours away and begin her own life. What I had failed to realize until I sat in my freshman year dorm that first night was how truly terrified I was. I realized I was completely by myself and had to meet all new people. I could go on forever about how we ended up friends – from grabbing lunch, sitting next to another during a meeting, or what you all love to bring up as me forcing you to be my friend during a class. Instead I will thank you. Thank you for being my best friend, my mom, and my sounding board when I needed it.

To those who are reading this, you know what type of friends I’m talking about. Your “person” as Grey’s Anatomy would refer to it. In my case, it is my “people.” These women know you better than most people in your life and can tell from a mere look what you are thinking. They know your coffee order, what movie makes you laugh, and all of your goals for the future.

Despite breaks sending us far apart, we frequently visited each other and caught up – never missing a beat when we came back together. When it felt like my world was falling apart, you were my first call and you never missed it. Whether it be a life changing decision of moving to a new city or how to respond to a guys text, every detail was ran by you. You even let me spend hours second guessing and complaining.

As we get closer to our goodbyes, I think about how we will never do this again, go out on weekdays, watch movies when we should do homework. The slow countdown has haunted me. While I write this, I can’t help but think how full my heart is. I genuinely in a million years could have never imagined how hard it was going to be to say goodbye.

As I sit here with you decorating our graduation caps, packing up our apartment, and roaming the campus that has treated us so well, I could never have imagined a different four years. I am proud to be graduating as an alumna of this university. I am even more proud to call you strong and amazing women as my best friends.

Victoria F
FFL Contributor
Victoria is a North Eastern girl with a southern heart, style, morals and the hair to match it. She loves movies with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, pre-ordering her drinks at Starbucks, and obviously America the beautiful.

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