Remembering Ritu

By: Gabby Frost

Some of you are aware that I will be attending Drexel University next fall for Entertainment & Arts Management. Most of you are also aware that I love meeting new people and making friends. When I was accepted to Drexel, I had the idea of making a GroupMe group chat so I could get to know other accepted Drexel students who could potentially be my classmates/friends. Me and a handful of other people realized we were really the only ones talking on it, so we made a separate chat so we could share more about ourselves. We were getting closer to each other and truly started to become great friends. We skype on the weekends and talk endlessly every day, including things we weren't comfortable talking to people from school about.

Yesterday we sadly found out that Ritu had passed away over the weekend. It has truly affected us in a significant way. It's heartbreaking to know that someone I was wishing to become friends with eventually is now gone. I was able to talk to someone who lived miles away in another part of the country and we trusted each other. Just because we met over this Drexel group and talked only over message & Skype didn't make a difference for how much I care about her.

Ritu was such a funny, sweet girl and truly cared about all of us in the Drexel chat. I remember one night last week we were on Skype and got so bored we went on Club Penguin. I don't know why but that night felt so special; I felt like I found people who could be true friends for me in the future.

"She was always so accepting and loving. I always felt like I could come to her with anything and she'd be there for me. I only knew her for a short time but I feel like I could have known her forever," said Mia, one of the members our group chat.

Kristen, another member said, "Every word out of her mouth her mouth had the power to make me smile. Ritu was one of the kindest, friendliest, funniest people I've met and I wish I had had the chance to know her longer."

The amount of time and the method which I talked to Ritu through did not define our friendship. Just because you've known someone for a small amount of time does not make your friendship less than a friendship between two people who've know each other longer. What matters in a friendship is honesty, trust, and comfort. Ritu was able to tell me and the 20 people things about herself that she would not be comfortable telling her friends from school. All of us told each other secrets or other thoughts we couldn't trust anyone else with. Our friendships with her were beginning to bloom into something so much bigger.

Claudia, another member, agreed with, "Ritu was one of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever met. Although I only knew her for a month, I felt like we were starting to become good friends- and we could have even become even better friends had we both gone to Drexel. It's really sad that she had to go because none of us expected the person who personified sunshine to be the saddest."

This whole situation will definitely be something I'll never forget. It has taught me so much about life. Please don't take time that you have with loved ones for granted. Don't be afraid to talk to people who you think would be a great friend. Don't hold yourself back from doing something in life, because you never know when that opportunity will be gone forever.

Rest in Peace Ritu, even though I knew you for a brief time you definitely have left an impact on my life.