A Love Letter... to My College Friends
I don't know about you, but I had a hard time making friends in college. This was of course a foreign concept to me because I had great friends in high school and always had growing up. It was weird to me that it took me so long to find a place where I belonged - to find people I could belong with. I went all through freshman year not really knowing my place. Yeah, I was on a few executive boards and had people I could maybe, possibly, hit up to hang out with.. but eh. I didn't have people. I hadn't found my family.
But once I did, I did. I honestly couldn't tell you how it happened. People always told me that college is where you meet the people you'll be friends with for the rest of your life. They're the people you spend some of the best and worst times of your life with. I didn't believe them.. BUT They were right. My sophomore year, I somehow found and became close with people who get me. They mock me mercilessly. They stay up with me to do homework. They support me in my endeavors. They call me out when I'm not doing what I should. They let me be myself. Cornell has given me people I truly consider to be family. (And to think I considered transferring at one point!)
I love this place. I love my community. I love these people. If you haven't found your people yet, no matter what, I promise you, they're coming. And when they do, I hope you treasure them and they treasure you like I have come to.
Seek friends who will correct you when you're wrong. Find friends who will understand your moods. Friends who will let you cry in their laps if you really need to. People who will support you, stay up with you, order food you both know you shouldn't be eating but do it anyway with you. Find people who have your best interest at heart and demonstrate that to you daily. Friends who get you, as you are, and spur you on to being better. Seek family.
Here's to the TEAM guys. May none of us ever be traded or leave. (And to the two of you that I don't have pictures with.. well that's a personal problem, that I hope we rectify soon. LOL)