Sarah Lewis/MJ
Sarah Lewis/MJ

By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief

I haven’t changed much at all since I was a little nugget. I still get rabidly excited about any and every holiday…Arbor Day? That’s what I’m talking about. Falling asleep before the first day of classes doesn’t come easy. I basically have the same haircut: bangs included. And I hate saying goodbye.

I’d rather leave than be left. I guess it’s because I’m a little selfish, or maybe it’s just the child in me, but I don’t think I’ll ever like being left behind.

I’ve been dreading this week for quite some time now. Two of my close friends at this university are graduating, and I don’t think my last semester will feel quite like real life without them. Fortunately, I have the chance to write out my goodbyes instead of saying them.

Liz Bastian and Sahar Dika, this article is for you, boos. I was brought close to both of these wonderful ladies through The Michigan Journal, and I’ve been incredibly inspired by their fierce individuality and dazzling drive.

You know when you’ve known someone for a while and then out of practically nowhere you become super close leaving you wondering what the hell has kept you from being best friends since the minute you met? That’s how I would explain my friendship with Liz. This girl is the absolute definition of i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t.

She can multitask better than anyone on earth, wakes up at probably 4 a.m. to work out, and is graduating in only three and a half years. Yeah, she’s fiercer than Beyoncé.

I’m so proud of everything that you are, and I will never forget that you are the Annie to my Hallie or in other words, the Lindsay Lohan to my Lindsay Lohan.

I think it’s important for everyone to have a peer that they look up to, and Liz, you will always be that person for me.

How can I explain Sahar Dika? I could tell you about what she carries in her Louis Vuitton purse that she paid for herself, that she was on The Real World, or that she does an impeccable impersonation of Theresa from Long Island Medium, but that wouldn’t really be doing her justice.

Sahar is the older sister I wish I had who gives great advice and has an even greater closet. I can’t even talk about how she’s moving to Chicago after graduation because I feel like I could burst into tears at any given moment.

I am beaming with pride for both of you babes, and I love you dearly.

It’s hard to believe I never would have had either of you in my life if it weren’t for this newspaper. I know I say this all the time, but this is why it’s so important to get involved before you graduate. These years come and go so quickly; don’t give them up.

Make the friendships that will make you cry when you get left behind. But goodbyes are the hardest thing for me to say, and that’s why I’m not saying it. I’ll meet you guys on the other side when I graduate in April.