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Teye and I - South Beach 2002 I have a lot of great friends from high school that I still consider my best friends. Most of my good friends, Teye, Andrea, Noelle and Stephanie, actually came to the University of Florida when I did. Luckily, we have remained closer than ever.

"I count myself in nothing else so happy...as in remembering my good friends." ~ William Shakespeare ~

Myself and Andrea - Spring Break Cruise 2002 Though many people may say you meet your lifelong friends in college, I met mine long before. I will always love these girls and they will always be important to me. I can't imagine what my life would be like without them.

"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we find in our travels is an honest friend." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson ~

Noelle and Stephanie We will all graduate in May and our lives will most certainly take us in many different directions. Hopefully, we will always make an effort to stay an important part of each other's lives and not lose touch with one another.

Many people walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

Mike and I - Grog House 2003 During my sophomore year of college, my friends Andrea and Teye introduced me to Mike. For several months, we were just friends, but we eventually began dating. He is now my boyfriend and has been for over two years. Throughout our time together he has taught me a lot about life and love.

"Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile." ~ Elizabeth Browning ~

Mike and I - 2002 Mike truly is my best friend. I can always be honest with him and tell him how I feel without the fear of being judged and he can do the same with me. He has made me much more open-minded and understanding, and has shown me how to love unconditionally. I feel that being with him has made a better person.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." ~ Lao Tzu ~

Myself and Mike - Christmas 2003 I have had other boyfriends in the past, but never thought about a long-term future with any of them. Throughout the past two years with Mike I have constantly thought about our future. He is the love of my life and one of the most amazing people I have ever known. I know that no matter what obstacles we may encounter we will face them together and be each other's strength. I am convinced that there is no one else in this world that is a better match for me and I know that I will love him for the rest of my life.

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are just tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~