Dear elder sister,
Because you don’t have an older sibling to write you a love letter upon graduation, I’m going to try and fill that void for you. No I can’t tell you what the real world is like, and no I can’t tell you what grad school is like, but I do know you. And for the purposes of this little note I will find that sufficient enough.
I’m going to preface this by saying that you are one of a handful of people I admit hands down is smarter than me. But the most impressive part, to me at least, is your humility about that intelligence. You do not have to show off flashy facts or remark that you got a near perfect on the PSAT and SAT. Your vocabulary subtly works it’s way in without appearing ostentatious. People had to make a Facebook page for you so that others could understand the genius inside. I respect that about you. Not many people have the mental prowess to do what you do. And even fewer have the character to stay in the shadows and quietly go about being the best. I have no doubt this will serve you well in the future.
The thing is Kendrice, you have a drive I haven’t seen in many people. To be in so many societies and have an officer position in most of them whilst completing a double major at one of the most prestigious schools in the world is admirable. You know how to find something you kove and pursue it and master it and for that I know you will be well off at Columbia and beyond.
I’ve always been compared to you or in your shadow and I must honestly say, it isn’t a bad thing. Your accomplishments push me in a way few others have because I can see what potential I have and I can see what I can accomplish because of you. You put maximum effort and thus get a maximum return and so I can’t always be you or be as great as you, but I promise you it constantly pushes me to study an extra hour or walk to see a professor during office hours. You have shown me what it takes to be great and respected and I want that for you and for me.
I love you even though I make fun of you and I know your friends do to. As you embark on your next part just remember that. You make us proud to call you a sister, a daughter, a friend. You, and your character, are what we look for in others that we want to be around. And we love you.
I don’t really know if any of that made sense, but I hope you understand what I was trying to say. You, are a remarkable woman who should be proud of what she has done because you and your character are a rare but extremely precious and beautiful combination.
So I can’t give you a remarkable seed of advice or anything. All I can say is be you and that will inspire greatness in others because we look up to you and respect you.
Your admiring brother