Finding my Rock

Throughout my life I have sometimes struggled with asking for help from others, mostly when it comes to getting things done. I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so sometimes I feel like it’s more trouble than it’s worth to divide up tasks when I’m not going to like how someone else does something. It’s hard to trust that other’s care the same amount as I do about the things I’m passionate about and that they would put the same effort into their work. This is why it was important for me to find someone who could be my rock, who I could always count on, who I trust, and who I know will always support me.

This past year has really solidified that my friend Erin is my rock, and I’m so incredibly thankful to have her in my life. I’ve known Erin since we were in elementary school, and we grew close through jump rope. She’s two years younger than me, and we didn’t become super close friends immediately, but we grew closer over the years as we went to the same elementary school, high school, and now college (not middle school, but close enough). She’s been a constant presence in my life between school and jump rope for over 10 years of my life, and I was so excited when I found out she was going to be a Tar Heel with me. 

Especially in the past two years, we have really counted on each other in a world full of uncertainty, and I’d say now we are closer than ever. This year as president of Carolina Jump Rope I needed someone I knew I could count on to be my vice president, and I’m glad it’s Erin. I know that she cares about the club just as much as I do, and that I can count on her to help me when the job gets tough. I never have to worry about a task once I give it to her, and I appreciate it more than she knows. She’s also been extremely supportive of me throughout the challenges that come with running a sports club, as well as with any life problems I come to her with. 

Throughout our lives it’s been a bit of a running joke that Erin is my “mini me,” following in my footsteps even to this day with what college she went to and what major she picked, and I hope that I’ve been able to be as good of a friend to her as she’s been to me over the years. We’ve talked several times at this point about how we’re sad that this is my senior year and that it will be weird not being together all the time anymore, but she’s someone who I’m confident I will always have in my life. I think it’s important to find someone like that, especially in the craziness of the world today, and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to have as my rock.

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