Life in a college town: friends are forever

Friends will come and go – It’s part of life. However, being in college makes people appreciate friendships, value them and hold them near and dear to one’s heart. I, for one, know what it is like to build a friendship with someone who has continuously held me up when I felt as though I had no one left. Sure, I could sit here and write a novel about how much she has been there for me, but her experiences throughout her life that she has encountered are what encourage me the most to be a better person.

Like most dedicated college students, Kait came to college with the sole purpose to provide herself with an education, to strive for excellence in her work, and to make something positive of herself – always proving to her friends that she tries her hardest to hold her friendships close to her heart at all times. Like all people, we can doubt ourselves, and Kait has time and time again, always managed to find the time when it comes to helping her friends heal. I can’t remember a time when she was too busy to care – because she has never left my side. I have encountered a lot of things in life, lived every person’s nightmare of abuse and criticism, not with my family, by those who I considered my friends and loved ones. I never wanted to talk to anyone about it because I felt scared, alone, and sad. Kait was the one who pried me open to help me recover and realize that life is a battlefield, and we have to fight sometimes to be happy. I have fought for many years in my life, to find happiness but it certainly hasn’t been the easiest task to face. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

All my life, I have strived to find a friend that I can trust 100 percent. It’s hard nowadays to find a reliable and sensible person who appreciates the small things and never takes a friendship for granted. It’s rather funny, but I have only known Kait for eight months and I consider her to be the sister I never had. If I’ve learned anything over these past several months – It is to never take a friendship for everything its worth. In our world today, it is not hard to find ourselves surrounded by negativity from others, however, if we find the time to take a step back and cherish the right people in our lives – everything else will fall into place.

How many of us can sit here and say that we are blessed with good friends? We get busy with life and often forget why we call others “friends” in the first place. It’s a harsh observation, but it often is times true. Kait has taught me that I can’t hold onto yesterday but rather, I need to focus on today. I can’t change yesterday but tomorrow always can be different from the last. Like my mom always says, “A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.” And I thank god each and every single day for placing her in my life. Friends are a very rare gem in life. They make you smile, encourage you to succeed, lend an ear, share words of endearment and gratitude and always want to open their hearts to one another.

Most people walk in and out of our lives; however Kait really has made me realize that often, we face obstacles in our day-to-day life. As tough as times may get, our hurdles most times are smaller than we think in comparison to what many others have to face. The hunt for happiness simply is a matter of choice. It is a positive attitude we consciously choose to express – with the help of those that mean the most in our everyday lives.

As graduation day vastly approaches, I begin to sit back and come to the realization that I will not be able to spend as much time with my best friend as I normally do, I also continue to realize that friends like Kait are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget. She will remain my best friend for years to come, because true friendship never ends.