Dear No. 24,

I miss you! I know we never really hung out, outside of a professional setting, but I always wanted to. I’m not really sure how we met, but I’m really glad we did. I’m assuming it was in class. The first distinct memory I have of you was seeing you at the Facebook internship open house and taking the Uber home with you. What a different time that was! Do you still think you’ll intern for them?

How have you been? You’re back home, I’m assuming from the address you gave me. Do you like being there?

Also I don’t mean to idolize you, but I really applaud your sense of design and general style. It’s very clean and sharp… and cohesive. Cohesion. I feel like that’s probably the most difficult piece of the design puzzle, but whenever you would pin up I could always tell which was yours. I’m not quite sure what it is about your work that is the unifying piece, but whatever it is you’re doing, it’s working. I also am in love with your instagram feed, and I know I’ve told you that before. I know it sounds like such a superficial thing to admire, but it’s very aesthetic and I’m living for it! I also saw the work you did for quip over the summer, really awesome stuff. The color palette and graphic shapes were so fun! If I didn’t already own one, you definitely convinced me to with your designs!

On a deeper level, I also really just admire you as a person. You seem confident. You seem genuinely content with your life and what you’re doing, and I really commend you for that. I’ve been trying to find that same inner peace, and it’s big girl hard. I know what I see online isn’t always the best representation of what a person is internalizing or experiencing on a deeper level, so I don’t want to make any assumptions. Take all of this with a grain of salt.

I know it’s somewhat difficult now that you're not in Brooklyn, but I hope in the future we can be closer friend or at least confidants. I respect you a lot and would love to have coffee sometime, even if it is virtual! Best of luck with the coming months, and I’m sending lots of love and appreciation your way!


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