He is the yin to my yang, the sugar to my spice, and my best friend in the whole world.When it came time for Harper and I to decide where to spend our college careers, we were bombarded with warnings from our families and friends advising us not to base our decisions on one another.Being in a committed, long-term relationship does not come without struggles.However, being with someone I care about so much makes it all worth it.We didn't completely dismiss their advice, but in the end we both chose IU not only for each other, but also because IU was the perfect school for each of us individually.Now as sophomores in college, we are still the only ones for each other.In college, there seems to be a stigma against dating someone you knew in high school, and I am tired of the shaming.When I was a sophomore in high school, I started dating my boyfriend. He’s my concert buddy, pizza night adventurer, and binge-watch Netflix partner. I can come to him with advice about anything, and since he has known me for so long he always knows exactly what to say.
I have someone to vent about my day to, even if we don’t get to spend every day together.So many people end up marrying their high school partners; and it’s true what they say, date your best friend.Harper and I started dating the summer before our sophomore year of high school when he called me on the phone and asked me to be his girlfriend.He knows me better than anyone else, and is always there to help me. Being apart leaves room for us to grow individually, but we also grow together.He has seen the good, bad, and ugly parts of me and still wants to have me around. He brings out the best in me, and has helped me become the woman that I am today. We have known each other for so long, that sometimes we feel like were more friends than dating.