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An Open Letter to my Big

Dear Big,


I don't remember the exact moment we met but I do remember being in a breakout room with you and we started talking about The Naked Brothers Band and you started singing Crazy Car. From that moment I knew that your energy and warm soul was something special. Our connection was instant as our friendship began. I never had an older sister, someone to look up to, to bicker with and grow through life with, so joining Delta Xi Delta, and getting you as my Big was one of the many sorority traditions I’m so beyond thankful for. You continually drive me to grow and push me to be the best version of myself that I can be. I’ll never be able to put into words how thankful I am for everything you’ve done for me and the way you’ve loved me. Thank you for guiding me and being my rock through my process. You were there every step of the way when I was doubting myself. Words cannot explain how precious you are to me, despite the fact that I’ve only known you for a short time. During the time building up to big/little reveal, you really did your best to throw me off, and it worked. But I couldn't have been more excited to find out who you were. Even before I knew who you were I loved and adored you. Regardless of who you were, I knew that I’d love you for years to come and that you were gonna be my person and best friend. There are few people in my life that I truly look up to, but you’re definitely one of them. You’re someone that I hope one day I can reflect on to others. You’re light, warm-hearted and your presence brings so much energy into a room. Each strength and flaw that you have has knitted you into a person that I think is absolutely beautiful.  These statements aren’t because you're my big, but because of the person God has molded you into. Yes, I’m extremely blessed to have you as my big, but I’m even more blessed to have the opportunity to get to know you. You’re someone I adore and will always cherish, and I consider myself the luckiest little in the world to have you as my big!


Love Always,

 Your little 5 Below


Anna Alvarez is an Undergrad at Montclair State University, majoring in Family and Human Sciences. She loves curling up with a good book, traveling to new places, and watching gilmore girls aspiring to be her own version of Lorelai Gilmore.
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