long-distance relationship

best friends makin' it work

about rohini

written by yang

i’ve never been good at vocalizing, let alone writing down my feelings for rohini. i’m happy someone before me was able to coin the phrase “i love you” since those three words are used in abundance and seem to do the best job.

at the end of every school year in our glorious middle and high school days when this love affair first began, i would dread writing in rohini’s yearbook. if my memory serves me correctly, i haven’t signed one of her yearbooks since the 7th grade.  you have to understand that no words can describe how much rohini means to me. yearbook messages may as well be goodbye messages. they’re like we’re-friends-now-but-probably-won’t-be-later-so-here’s-something-for-you-to-remember-me-by messages. rohini and i have a very spoken agreement that we will be in each other’s lives forever. with that said and out of the way, here goes nothing.

Rohini (I didn’t include her long last name) is my best friend and soul mate. Born in Iowa, Rohini is the daughter of proud Indian and Sri Lankan immigrants. Her autobiographical book that tackles the difficulties of growing up biracial is awaiting publication.

Rohini is the funniest person I know. We share the same sense of humor, and I know I can always count on her to laugh out loud with me in a movie theater even when the rest of the audience sits silently. Rohini loves children. Watching her play with little kids is sheer entertainment. I think her ability to connect with kids comes from the fact that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Rohini has smarts, beauty, and personality and is on a clear path to success. She has every right to be full of herself, but she’s down to earth, approachable and the life of the party. Rohini is the best dancer in any bar, club or grocery store. You have to see it to believe it.

I wish I had Rohini’s sense of dedication and work ethic. I like to pick my battles, choosing . Rohini, on the other hand, is her own toughest critic and will give everything her best. I’m lucky she applies that same dedication to being a great friend.

Rohini is a role model to many, present company included. She is a Teach for America alumnus and spent the last two years teaching in St. Louis. Starting this fall, she’s taking her wisdom and patience to New York where she’ll be teaching 5th grade reading (and be much closer to me). Rohini is a graduate of the prestigious Brown University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in International Relations. As if that wasn’t enough, she also has a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


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  rohini roja wrote @

hi,i’m belive friends

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