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What exactly makes a good friend? I'm here to tell you!

They will always have your back no matter what. When you are down, they are the ones to pick you back up and reassure you that everything will be okay. 

A good friend believes in you. They have confidence that you will get to where you want to be in life, such as you meeting your goals you set for yourself. 

They will listen to all of your problems even if they know you're wrong. They will correct you and let you know what’s up. They are the ones to be blunt and honest with you, and if they’re not then that’s not a real friend. 

A genuine friend never lets you make a fool of yourself, not even over a guy. They will make sure to keep you in order and never let you lower your own standards for someone else that doesn’t benefit you in any way. 

Good friends help one another. When you are struggling in any aspect in your life, they are by your side every step of the way. If you’re struggling, they will go out of their own way to make sure you’re straight.  

If they are a true friend, they won’t talk negatively about you behind your back, judge you or tell your business to others. They keep your personal issues between you and them, not the whole world. If they have a problem, they will address you. 

They won’t be a leech. Which means they won’t wait for you to always do everything for them, such as giving them rides, buying them food, not meeting you halfway, etc. A good friend will always meet you in the middle. For example, if you give them rides constantly, they will give you gas money because that’s what real friends do instead of expecting things from you as free handouts. 

Lastly, you’ll know when you have a good friend just by intuition. If you all are meant to be friends, trust me you both will continue on with your friendship and become closer over time. If you’re not meant to be, you will gradually stop talking without even realizing it. Sometimes your only good friend is yourself. Love yourself first, and people will learn to love you back the same way. 

Nijzea Shaw

Valdosta '22

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