…AND HOW TO KEEP THEM ALIVE
Hint: it involves traveling. Yup, you guessed it.
As it often happens, the four years I spent pursuing my undergrad degree were some of the best of my life. By the end of my very first week in college I had already met four of my lifelong best friends AND (unknowingly at the time) my fiancé/father of my child – a sweet story for another day.
Going away to college isn’t a common practice in Brazil, where I was born and raised. There, you generally study locally and live with family. In fact, some view the practice of moving away for college as too drastic and even heartless. I, however, am so thankful for the opportunity. Was it scary? Yes. Was I completely out of my comfort zone? Heck yes. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
|Attached at the hips was a literal saying for us.|
ABOUT MY SOUL SISTERS
Our families and backgrounds include the Middle East, Central and South America, Ireland, Italy, New England, North Carolina, Florida. We all grew up differently and far apart, yet we have so much in common! We became each other’s family and I believe that is at the core of my incredible college experience. We danced, played, explored, hiked, biked, kayaked, went caving, road-tripped, you name it.
|Daytona Beach, FL|
Then just like that, the party was over – Here’s your diploma, now run along. Graduating was one of the most bittersweet experiences of my life. Back then I lived within steps of my girls (and let’s be honest, their closets) and graduating meant going our separate ways. And boy, did we. Collectively our group has lived in Qatar, South Korea, New York, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona. You could view it as a curse, but with some positive thinking, it is the perfect chance to explore new cities and places with my favorites!
|Walking the Brooklyn Bridge, NY|
Over the years we have visited each other and met up in Tampa, South Florida, New York City, Austin, Denver, Pittsburgh, Asheville, Durham, and they’ve all come to visit me and my new family here in Arizona. We already have sweet summer adventures planned, and they include California beaches. Stay tuned!
It’s been a decade since we met (STFU), countless life changes, new jobs, a new baby, moves, break ups, family crisis, celebrations and quiet moments, and through it all we remain close. Yes, it is a lot easier since we have FaceTime, Google Hangout and Whatsapp at our disposal, but one thing has guaranteed our success: EFFORT. We have been making an effort to get together several times a year, whether for a night, a weekend, or if we’re lucky, a week. It can be tough when we have a new momma in the group, some of us still in school, some educating and guiding the future of America, and others busy helping orchestrate events such as the TriBeCa Film Festival.
|The newest and tiniest member of our group.|
Life moves fast, and it’s easy to succumb to the culture of being too busy. It’s easy to have friends fall through the cracks, especially as adults. So I say make the most of your relationships, plan adventures, getaways, and heck, just call each other. The support and love you receive from true friends is unlike anything else in this life, so let them know.
What about your best friends? Share stories, tips, and love below!
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