An Open Letter To The Best 1st Year Friends


With first year over and so many memories, I wanted to take time to thank my closest friends at uni for putting up with me this year. I guess I'm just not really over it being over it yet.

MONIQUE
Dear Monique,
Hey you! Remember when I wrote all that cheesy stuff about you on here at the beginning of the year? How long ago does that feel? 'She is the reason I get out of bed on the days I only have one lecture. She brings me iced tea when I’m in a bad mood.' Both of those still apply. Thank you for never making me pay you back for all that iced tea. I can't wait for the raspberry stuff to come back. I'm so thankful I decided you were most normal girl on our group chat before uni even started. I'm so thankful I recognised your watch across the lecture theatre. I'm so glad we both got put in the same group. I'm so glad we went for that Starbucks when you became 'Monick'. After that there was 'Moany' which I take credit for fully and will have to start claiming copyright on if everyone keeps using it. I'll miss your moaning this summer. Moaning about walking so much, moaning about guys, moaning about not having tea. I'll never forget that Cathedral date we had, what a life changing experience. I'll never forget that night you spat nuggs over me, B and Nat because you were crying so hard. I'll never forget the night of the cornrows. I’ll never forget the time I offered to drive you to the station and I took the wrong exit on the roundabout. I’ll never forget the night you lost your phone and made me trek across Canterbury extremely drunk to get it back. I'll never find anyone who gets as hangry as you. Long live #MoniquesMidnightFeasts. I know I haven't always been the best friend and I'm not very good at functioning like a normal human but I feel like you were one of the first people who made me love nights out and never made me feel rubbish about my anxiety. You baby sat me for a long time and then I started returning the favour. Thanks for not letting me forget my jacket that night in Chem, thanks for that night at mine when we drank wine with nuggs and chips, thanks for being one of the most honest people I've ever met. Also, nobody takes a selfie like you. I hope your house next year is everything you want it to be and you finally find someone who's gonna treat you better than these guys who do not deserve you. 'It’s genuinely a nightmare to think that if I’d been put in a different group or had deferred my application I would have walked down the Powell corridor and would have no idea who she was. I’d still think she looked pretty great though. She is pretty great.' I’m going to hate not spending everyday with you next year. Love you eternally X

MILLIE
Dear Mill (not Mills as we learnt quickly),
You’re just wonderful. I remember when I first saw you I thought you looked so cool haha. Even when you joined our little family late, you became a sister to me and I’m so thankful. You’ve always been my voice of reason. Apart from the times you’re an awful influence when I’m in the mood to shop. But even then, thank you. You make me feel like less of a psycho on a bad day and give me the best comebacks when my I don’t know what to say to someone. You are honestly the sassiest person I’ve ever met with the best insta feed. I’ll never get over your love for the ‘fajitas’. I thank god for you when it came to group work. Or honestly any work. Not only did group projects stress us out and frustrate us to no end, you have always helped me with my assignments. I’m an organised person for sure but you’re always slightly ahead of me and we swap work all the time. You always know the answers. I think you’ve taught me to reference better than any lecturer. You always remind me how long we have left till we can go home, you give me so much motivation to just get through the day. You are the only person who gets how ugly I feel at midday on a Tuesday. Although you never look ugly, you just don't look bad ever. You're the best at making me feel better because you don't take any crap from me. Thanks for the trips to Zara, Topshop and Eat dot. Thanks for the mutual Charlotte Tilbury love. I’m so so happy you didn’t drop out when you said you would, I wouldn’t have made it through this year without you at all. Never forget how strong you are and how good a person you are. You’re so genuine, gorgeous and kind. Go on, be a famous radio presenter now. I believe in you. Loving you always X

MATT
Dearest darling Matthew,
First of all thank you for being my gay best friend because I’ve never had one. I’ll never forget the first time we met. You just staring at me and Moany before that weird bonding session where everything got weird. I was like, he must be the asian guy in the group chat lol. To be honest, I still can’t believe you’re English. Just kidding. Or am I??? I remember really early on when we went to take pictures of the Cathedral to instagram. I remember realising how lucky I was to be surrounded by such great people and how good a person you are. Sure, you’re a messy drunk like I’ve never seen before. Your drunk giggle is adorable. But you have such a kind soul and you always look after me. Remember that time you threw up in your garden then came in to tell me you’d thrown up in your garden as if I hadn’t heard when I was only a metre away? Even after that, you stopped my crying over nothing, told me to take my lashes off, wash my face and told me to go to bed. Thanks for homing me that night. Shopping in ASDA like an old married couple and you sitting with me whilst I got glam was so lovely. I know it won’t be the last. I’ll never get bored of hearing about your drunk mistakes and the people you pulled on your nights out. I’ll tell you what I will get bored of though. Promise next year that you’ll stop opening snapchats and facebook videos with your volume on full in lecture? I mean I have to sit next to you 4 days a week, I don’t want that embarrassment haha. And don’t shout that you want to leave when a lecturer is staring right at you. You are by far my favourite person to get snapchats from. ‘I know I’m supposed to be on a diet but I’m going to McDonalds because I’m drunk.’ I have so many wonderful pictures of you drunk. I’m so glad we finally got our 100 day snap streak! You’re the Phil to my Holly and I couldn’t be without you. Thank you for the best advice and for looking after me. I hope you appreciate me as much as I do you. Love you unconditionally X

WILL
Dear William (the original William),
Weird to think we wouldn't even be friends if Moany wasn't late in that one Tuesday morning. You introduced yourself as a ‘nerdy lad’ and although I cringed when you did, I don’t think anything could sum you up better. Remember that movie day we were planning with everyone? That turned out to be just us and Mon a little later. I brought you loads of cookie dough flavoured stuff because you were feeling sorry for yourself and we shared a tub of Ben & Jerry’s on your sofa and watched Let’s Be Cops. I’m so glad we did. You’re hilarious, although memes have taken over your life. Your drunk FaceTimes have been rather entertaining and I’ll always be available to help you finish off a script at 2am. The lighting in your room is awful for selfies but your strip lights are amazing. You cannot ever be trusted with sound production/recording again. Thanks for that night me you and Mon shared a bed. It may have been the hottest night of my life but I felt so happy to be with you both. Thanks for consistently meeting me by the underpass at half 8 on a Tuesday morning. I’m gonna miss your face being the 2nd one I see at that illegal hour. You were the first guy at uni I was really honest with. You’re just such a good guy and an amazing friend to me. I hope you know I’m always here. I look forward to many confusing Goran lectures next year. Love you man X



I hope next year you all put up with me again and that we still have a dance together in Chem if we drift apart at all. There were times I thought I'd never make it through and times I felt so dumb and stupid and down, but you guys make me the best version of myself. I love you all, thanks for the mems, the laughs and the best year possible. Xx

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