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What Makes a Best Friend

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My best friends (from left to right): Taylor Oestreich, Mariah Wheaton, Lindsey Cornelius, me, and Sam Harris.

The picture above is of me and some of my best friends here at William Woods University! We all mentored the Freshman Advantage summer program here at William Woods in 2013 and 2014. These people are the best friends a guy could ask for. Together we are a family. We slingshot water balloons, watch scary movies, play pranks on each other, laugh until we cry, and have each other's backs through thick and thin! What makes a best friend? You're about to find out!

Humor.

Humor is the basis for many friendships. People love to laugh and be around people that make them smile. My friend Taylor Oestreich (far left), has the greatest sense of humor the world over. When Taylor and I are around each other, we tend to laugh all the time, even during the most inopportune moments (meetings, class, etc.). We have fun dancing like goofballs to our favorite song or launching water balloons across campus with a slingshot. It's hard to find a serious moment when we are together. Laughter and fun is what keeps friendships going strong!

Support. 

Best friends are present because they want to be, not because they have to be. Whether that is cheering you on at a sporting event or helping you out with a tough decision in life, a best friend is there. Mariah (first from left), has always been there to support the people that she loves in whatever they may be doing in life, me included. Mariah has a lot of love to give and cares about her best friends unconditionally. She would do anything she could to support other people, and that is what makes her great! Being there for your friends and family is of the utmost importance.

Acceptance. 

A best friend is someone who knows who you are and won't judge you based upon your mistakes. Whether it is what you are wearing today or the embarrassing moments that occur in college life. Lindsey (second from left) has witnessed me and my dorky friends make more mistakes and poor decisions than most. A best friend understands that even though people make mistakes, they are still good on the inside. Best friends are able to keep secrets and be honest. When you need sound advice, you can always turn to a best friend like Lindsey.

Listening. 

This is perhaps the most important and least common quality to find in a friend. The ability to listen with complete acceptance without interruption or advice. Sam (far right) listens with an open heart and is fully present. A best friend is always down to listen to what is happening in your life and, when asked, give opinions or advice. A best friend is willing to put down their cell phone and engage in a real conversation with someone they care about.

You can find all of these qualities at William Woods University. I have been fortunate enough to befriend some of the finest people at WWU, and, in my opinion, the best friends in the world.