Brenda De Leon and Alyssa Russell
"She’s literally like my sister and we basically share families. We are at the same level of weirdness that it’s kind of scary. I guess you could say that it feels like we’ve known each other our whole lives. It’s like we were destined to be friends.
"I don’t know about her, but my life is boring without her. As of right now I’m going to school in Hawaii and she’s studying in Santa Barbara. This is the furthest that we’ve lived apart from each other and the longest. Growing up we lived 8 minutes away from each other, but now we’re a 5-hour plane ride away. Even though we live far away we still talk every day as if we still lived 8 minutes away from each other.
"I don’t think that I’ve ever had a friendship like this where we move away and don’t stay in touch. It’s a special connection that I treasure and will always treasure." -- Brenda De Leon, on her 10-year friendship with Alyssa Russell.