Rachel and I went to high school together. We weren’t friends. But we were both there. And it turns out that this along with a little luck brought us together to be really, really good friends.

Rachel’s greatest strength is her confidence. In many ways, she has the same problems that the rest of us do during college. She’s not sure what she’s going to do with her life. She doesn’t understand the point of going to class. She drinks her sorrows away every once in a while. But despite all of these things, she hasn’t just achieved success; she’s defined it. Rachel forms goals free of society’s constraints, and she fights relentlessly to achieve them. Luckily for me, one of Rachel’s goals is to build strong friendships. I can’t remember the last time I got to know someone so well in so little time.

There’s something about having a conversation with Rachel that’s different. She walks the fine line between listening really well and asserting her opinion. Scratch that. She doesn’t walk the line. She erases it. Rachel takes a world that wasn’t built for her, and she makes it her own.

Throughout this year, Rachel’s been a lot of things. She’s been a confidant, a source of entertainment, and a welcomed distraction from life. And she prides herself in this — being a jack of all trades, I mean. So I’m excited to see how many other roles Rachel ends up “being.” And I’m excited to watch her stumble on the way. It’s gonna be hilarious.