Sorry to sound cliche AF, but we all really underestimate the power and importance of friendship. It’s why our friends know our innermost secrets, it’s why our interactions with them can make or break our day, and it’s why we will often defend them to the end; I mean, think about it, if your parents say anything bad about your friends you get enraged, right? But as important as it is to have friends, it’s even more important to have a wide variety of friends. When all of your friends are the same, it’s hard to experience much growth.
I mean, if your whole crew is full over overachievers who always prioritize grades over fun, when are you going to let loose and let off some steam? Likewise, if your whole group of friend consists of party animals who DGAF about anything, including their futures, how are you going to ever find any kind of focus? So here’s why you need to have these eight kinds of friends in your life. From the woke friend to the outgoing friend to the online friend, you’ll definitely want these types of friends in your crew.
The Outgoing FriendYou know, the friend who always seems to be ready for anything and everything. They’re the one who drags you with them to that party to crash, convinces you to text your crush, and is the first one to invite you on some adventure they want to embark on. They’re the friend who will help you expand your boundaries in a good way. Just know your limits, because sometimes you two just won’t jive, and they should be cool with that. My So-Called Life
The Woke FriendI know, the term “woke” is so overdone these days. But the truth of the matter is that it’s important to have at least one person in your friend group who is dedicated to important causes, especially ones involving marginalized people. You’ll always learn something new with a friend like this, and they’ll persuade you to think outside of the box. Dear White People
The Motivating FriendYou know that friend who is always encouraging you, even when you feel like garbage? If the answer is no, well, you definitely need someone like this in your friendship arsenal. These are the friends who will push you to take healthy risks, who will cheer you up when you’re down, who will offer to help study for that midterm with you without you even asking for help. Clueless
The Honest FriendWe all need a friend who tells it like it is, even if it’s something that we don’t want to hear. Brutal honesty, of course, can come with some nasty consequences, but a friend who is honest and is also—you know—your actual friend won’t keep it real with zero regard for your feelings. They’ll give you their honest opinion and give you advice, they won’t just say nasty things to you under the guise of keeping it 100. Daria
The Internet FriendEver since I was a teenager, I had a ton of “internet friends” that I met through social media. Weirdly enough, in some ways you can end up becoming closer to these friends that you never see than the friends you see all the time IRL. Sometimes, it can just be easier to confide in them; maybe there’s trouble at home that you don’t feel comfortable verbalizing to your friends. Maybe you’re going through some mental health weirdness that you’d rather talk about with a friend you met on Tumblr way back when you has the same problems. Maybe you just can’t really geek out on fandom stuff with your friends at school the way you can with people online. Either way, it’s good to have someone like this in your corner; who knows, you might end up becoming IRL friends one day! Sarah Wintner
The Friend You Share An Identity WithI was one of four black kids in my graduating class in high school, and the older I get, the more I realize that I desperately needed some black friends at that age. This was largely remedied when I went to a historically black college, but still…having black friends as a teen would have made me feel a lot more comfortable encountering racism or other micro-aggressions. The same can be said about being a member of the LGBTQ community and having a friend who is also LGBTQ. If you’re Latina, it’s helpful to have Latina friends. If you have super strict parents, it’s nice to have a friend you can vent with who actually gets you. The Incredibly True Adventure Of Two Girls In Love
The Driven FriendYou might not be much of an overachiever, but they are. Sure, sometimes they can lose sight of things like, you know, fun, but they’re still good to be around. Why? Because they help influence you to be focused and reach your goals. Trust, they’re the ones who will get you to start studying for your SATs when you’re slacking. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
The Chill FriendIt’s always nice to have that one friend you can always rely on for a chill session. You know, binge watching Black Mirror on Netflix, pigging out instead of going to that party you didn’t really want to go to in the first place, or just chilling on your phones in silence but in each other’s company. They might be a little more on the introverted side, and you might need that energy sometimes if you’re an extrovert. If you’re an introvert, hey, you’re in good company. Moonrise Kingdom
What other kind of friend should ever girl have? Tell us in the comments!