An Open Letter to My Best Friends as We Become Seniors

To my best friends,

We made it. We actually made it to our senior year. I know none of us thought we would survive this far, but we did. We’ve been through three years of drama, tears, jokes, stress, and a million other things together. Friend groups have split up, relationships ended, and drama occurred. But inside jokes, sleepovers, trips together, and happy memories replaced the bad.

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It has been such a blessing getting to have each and every one of you in my life. I wouldn’t be who I am without you – quite literally. They say that you take on a little piece of every person you meet, and I have no doubt that I have little pieces of you within me whether it’s a phrase or a habit or how I say something. It’s hard to believe that freshman year we didn’t know each other, and met at some point that year and bonded over who knows what.

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This is going to sound super sappy and you may roll your eyes here, but I loved being able to watch all of us grow up together. Looking back at pictures, we all look so different and young. I’ve seen every one of us mature and grow older in good ways, and “glow up”, because let’s be honest freshman year was rough (we don’t talk about freshman year). I feel honored that I got to be such a major part of your lives all through high school and help you grow.

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Through the good and the bad, none of us ever left. From picking someone up after musical rehearsal and going to Panera and getting free cookies, visiting Santa and getting strange looks from kids half our age, jumping off of a bridge and questioning our sanity, getting lost in a super sketchy area and making a suuuper illegal U-turn, jumping into a pool in the middle of the fall after a football game, and baking cookies when all else fails to make you happy, the memories are endless. I have my fair share of bad moments too – and I want to thank you all for being real with me and telling me what needed to be said instead of what I wanted to hear, and giving me a shoulder to cry on.

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We’ve all been to hell and back together. We only have a few more months of stress and then it’s smooth sailing all the way to the finish line – graduation. No matter where we apply to college or get accepted or end up, I’ll always be with each and every one of you. We have created friendships that will last a lifetime and I fully expect every one of you to be bridesmaids at my wedding. I wouldn’t trade the time we’ve spent together for anything in the world.

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I don’t know how to wrap everything up that I’ve been trying to say so I’ll go with this:

This is it – we made it! We’re in the final year of high school and it’s the home stretch. Just one more year left together. It’s exciting, sad, and bittersweet all at the same time and I don’t know how to feel right now. I’m scared for the future, but I know you all will be by my side and I’ll always be with you. I may not tell you all this all that often, but I really do love and appreciate every single one of you. Here’s to the class of 2017, our last year together, and most importantly, here’s to all of us. I love you. Let’s make this summer the best one yet!

Kay

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