Dear Irene,My best friend has been with me through the ups and downs of life since we were both eight years old. I'm now in my junior year at college. Four years ago, I decided to go to a state school and study to become a vet. I was ecstatic the day I received my acceptance letter but the next day, my friend got hers too. At first I was thrilled to have her go with me, but when I asked her why she wanted to go to the same school, she told me it was so I wouldn't be lonely.