Updated: May 26, 2020
I came to the University of Kentucky knowing very few people; this wasn't good or bad, that was just how it was.
In my first month, I didn't really want to make friends, which to anyone who knows me is weird because I am a social bee.
I joined a sorority, not for any specific reason other than I thought it would be great to be surrounded by women who had similar values. Now, don't get me wrong, all of the girls within my chapter are great, but I found the one person I never knew I needed when I joined the Delta Beta chapter of Delta Gamma. Her name is Laken, and she is my "big."
Laken and I are very different yet I consider her to be my "twin." She is taller than me but in pictures, I look more like her than my own biological siblings. Laken has a look about her where you know you probably don't want to piss her off but at the same time could be the sweetest teddy bear in the world.
I am a difficult person to love about 99.99% of the time. I have an attitude, I'm insecure, I struggle with my mental health, I question everything, I trust very few and I have lots of walls... but, Laken doesn't care. She loves me on my good days and my bad days. She has picked me up for sleepovers when I am having breakdowns or need to catch my breath in life and she will also take me out to show me how to have fun when all I want to do is curl up in my bed.
Now, while I am her little and she is my big, she knows that I would jump in front of a bullet for her and drop everything in a split second if she ever needed me.
We will spend hours watching Netflix or Disney+ with her big "horse dog," Bo, eat endless amounts of sushi, play Candy Crush in silence through the whole night because I am determined to beat her on the weekly Facebook leaderboard, and even get dressed up and take pictures and have fun.
Laken is more than just my big, my twin in life, my sister, my guardian angel, my biggest supporter, the best advice giver, my favorite sleepover person, my inspiration, my go-to and most importantly, my best friend.
I never thought in a million years I would have found someone like Laken, but thankfully for the University of Kentucky and greek life, I found my person.
Thank you for being the Blair to my Serena and the Christiana to my Meradith.
I love you,