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An Open Letter to My Best Friends: Freshman Year

We are more than half way through the first semester of college, and if you are lucky, you have made truly wonderful friends at school. Fairfield is small enough of a school that you will run into your favorite people while walking to class or in the dining hall. It’s the best feeling when someone says: “Hi, how are you?” or if they hold the door a little bit longer than they could have just because. But the closer I get to my new college friends, I start to miss high school friends even more. Here’s a reminder to all my friends, past and present, you are forever a part of me and like Hannah Montana would say, “I’ll always remember you.”


I’ll never forget: We said goodbye the last week before we all moved into college; we cried, we made plans to visit each other, and we promised each other that Thanksgiving break would come around in the blink of an eye. The first week away from each other we FaceTimed everyday all night, saying how much we hated college at first and how much we all wanted to go home. But soon enough, we adjusted. We found a solid group of friends and we focused more on classes. Eventually, we stopped having those daily FaceTime sessions. We all lost touch the first month of college because we had our own things to do. I don’t know when, maybe a couple months or a couple years, we may reach a point where we stop speaking to each other. Not purposely, but life happens and we go our separate ways. I want you all to know I will never forget you. I will never forget that you guys probably know me better than I know myself. Even if it’s another decade before we speak again, I will never forget the impact you all had on my life. 

More than miles: Some of us traveled across the country to go to our dream school while some of us stayed closer to home. Distance makes it harder to stay in touch. But no matter where you are or where you end up, know that I am always here for you. Whatever it is; if you fail an exam or that boy you liked was just using you to hook up, I’m here for a nice long FaceTime or a phone call. Keep in mind in the end it will be okay. 

College is only four years: Take advantage of where you chose to be to study your major and love what you do. Whether it’s business, anthropology, or nursing, your major is what makes you unique. If you don’t love it, try something else. College is short and you need to make the most of it. Your life comes next after college. Knowledge is a luxury, and it’s more valuable than getting wasted every single night. Have fun, but don’t waste that tuition on being stupid for something that could change your life forever. As much as I miss you all and wish we could be together right now, the next four years will be some of the best years of our lives. You will meet the best people, travel the world, and encounter some amazing opportunities.



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Emily Paik


Masshole at heart, beach bum. True believer that dogs are better than people.  Follow me on twitter! https://twitter.com/EmilyPaik Instagram: @emilyelizp  
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