Juniors Julia LaHue and Sami Alexander can’t imagine their lives without each other.
“Life would be very different [without Sami],” LaHue said. “She helps me with many little things, as well as the big issues in our lives. We know everything about each other and just not having that person to confide in would be very hard.”
Since the day they met in Kindergarten, LaHue and Alexander have shared countless moments at LaHue’s lake house, breaking out into bubble fights while attempting to wash dishes together. Back home in Columbia, they help each other pick out outfits, do homework, answer texts and stay motivated. They love the sisterhood they share.
“Having a best friend to share with and help me make my personal decisions has really helped me de-stress and decide what I want to do,” LaHue said. “[Sami] really helps with my relationships with others and what I should do that would be the best for my interest.”
LaHue and Alexander have both experienced romantic relationships during their time in high school, but agree their friendship with each other is more like family than anything else.
“I see my relationship with Julia as equally impactful, if not more impactful, than a romantic relationship,” Alexander said. “We have nothing to hide from one another. It’s really powerful to have someone know you fully–the good, the bad and the ugly–and still pursue a relationship with you.”
Even after they part ways in college, LaHue said it will be impossible to ever forget what she shares with Alexander, and they know that one day their kids will be as close as cousins.
“Having close friends in high school is something that’s not easy to come by and I feel extremely blessed to have had Julia,” Alexander said. “High school really is a time of finding yourself. You decide on a daily basis what values you stand for in the decisions you make. For better or worse, we have had a huge influence over each others lives.”