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21 Reasons Why Sylvia Deyo Is The Best

In honor of Sylvia's 21st birthday, here are 21 things I love about her, featuring a collection of friendship photos, some of which I may be scolded for...

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1. Her sense of humor!

Whether through a crazy costume, silly joke, or sarcastic comment, Sylvia never fails to make me laugh.

Whether through a crazy costume, silly joke, or sarcastic comment, Sylvia never fails to make me laugh.

2. Her support in all things

Sylvia is the definition of an empowered woman who empowers women.

Sylvia is the definition of an empowered woman who empowers women.

3. Her problem-solving skills and unique perspective in every situation.

I know I can count on Sylvia to come up with an interesting answer to any question or problem I face.

I know I can count on Sylvia to come up with an interesting answer to any question or problem I face.

4. How fun Sylvia is to be around!

I can't think of a time where I've been around Sylvia and not been extremely happy to be in that place. There are few people in the world who can constantly improve the atmosphere of a group of people, and Sylvia is certainly one of those people.

I can't think of a time where I've been around Sylvia and not been extremely happy to be in that place. There are few people in the world who can constantly improve the atmosphere of a group of people, and Sylvia is certainly one of those people.

5. Her ability to find cute animal photos and her willingness to send said photos to friends in need of a cute picture. She also is very talented at finding cute animals off the internet!

Enough said. This is a very important quality in a friend.

Enough said. This is a very important quality in a friend.

6. Her sense of adventure

Sylvia may enjoy a good lazy day with the girls, but I also know she will suggest the coolest activities and places to go! I love hearing about all that Sylvia has done and all the places she's explored; she inspires me to see the world.

Sylvia may enjoy a good lazy day with the girls, but I also know she will suggest the coolest activities and places to go! I love hearing about all that Sylvia has done and all the places she's explored; she inspires me to see the world.

7. Her strong beliefs and passions

I really appreciate how Sylvia has an opinion that she is willing to stand behind and discuss. If I'm looking for a conversation on matters ranging from Taylor Swift's problematic feminism/fun music to international affairs to men being idiots, I know Sylvia will have a well-formed, interesting opinion.

I really appreciate how Sylvia has an opinion that she is willing to stand behind and discuss. If I'm looking for a conversation on matters ranging from Taylor Swift's problematic feminism/fun music to international affairs to men being idiots, I know Sylvia will have a well-formed, interesting opinion.

8. Her beauty

Listen, a woman is worth so much more than her appearance, but let's just remind everyone how truly beautiful Sylvia Deyo is. She is RADIANT.

Listen, a woman is worth so much more than her appearance, but let's just remind everyone how truly beautiful Sylvia Deyo is. She is RADIANT.

9. Her wisdom & intelligence

Sylvia is one of the smartest people I have ever met, and I really value all the insight and knowledge I have gained and continue to gain from our friendship. What a smart cookie :)

Sylvia is one of the smartest people I have ever met, and I really value all the insight and knowledge I have gained and continue to gain from our friendship. What a smart cookie :)

10. Her empathy

I know that when I'm having a hard time, especially in matters of mental health, Sylvia will be there to empathize, give advice, listen, or just be close.

I know that when I'm having a hard time, especially in matters of mental health, Sylvia will be there to empathize, give advice, listen, or just be close.

11. Her taste in all media

I have loved every movie, book, and song Sylvia has recommended, and I'm pretty sure that goes for most people in her life. She knows more about rom-coms than anyone I know, and can give a pump-up song at a moment's notice.

I have loved every movie, book, and song Sylvia has recommended, and I'm pretty sure that goes for most people in her life. She knows more about rom-coms than anyone I know, and can give a pump-up song at a moment's notice.

12. Her work ethic

Sylvia's determined nature encouraged me, especially first year, to really devote myself to the things I found important. What a good influence :)

Sylvia's determined nature encouraged me, especially first year, to really devote myself to the things I found important. What a good influence :)

13. Her strength

Sylvia is one of the strongest people I know, in more ways than one. I'm always inspired by that aspect of her personality, and I attempt to act with similar strength at times when I'm feeling weak.

Sylvia is one of the strongest people I know, in more ways than one. I'm always inspired by that aspect of her personality, and I attempt to act with similar strength at times when I'm feeling weak.

14. Her sense of style

Okay, so some of these are more superficial than others, but Sylvia's makeup/outfit game is always on point.

Okay, so some of these are more superficial than others, but Sylvia's makeup/outfit game is always on point.

15. Her honesty

Sometimes, people do dumb things, and they need their friends to tell them that those are things are dumb. Sometimes, those people are me... and I know I can trust Sylvia to be honest, yet kind with me. That means when she says something nice, I know it's genuine, too.

Sometimes, people do dumb things, and they need their friends to tell them that those are things are dumb. Sometimes, those people are me... and I know I can trust Sylvia to be honest, yet kind with me. That means when she says something nice, I know it's genuine, too.

16. Her excitement over little things

There's just something lovely about being around someone who giggles over every puppy, gets excited about new Buzzfeed quizzes, and will appreciate the joy in small moments of happiness... or ice cream. :)

There's just something lovely about being around someone who giggles over every puppy, gets excited about new Buzzfeed quizzes, and will appreciate the joy in small moments of happiness... or ice cream. :)

17. Her ranting ability

Perhaps equally important as excitement for the fun things in life is the ability to have a really good rant about the more frustrating side of things... I know that if I need to get a good complaint in, Sylvia can definitely help me out. She's not a whiney person by any means, but when something needs to be yelled about, she has the best rants of them all.

Perhaps equally important as excitement for the fun things in life is the ability to have a really good rant about the more frustrating side of things... I know that if I need to get a good complaint in, Sylvia can definitely help me out. She's not a whiney person by any means, but when something needs to be yelled about, she has the best rants of them all.

18. Her love for and encouragement of self-care

You don't realize how much you need to take care of yourself until you're no longer with the person who reminds you how important that is.

You don't realize how much you need to take care of yourself until you're no longer with the person who reminds you how important that is.

19. Her love for family and friends

There's something that will never stop making me happy about listening to Sylvia talk about someone she truly loves. Whether its her sister, dog, or a close friend, the way Sylvia talks about the people in her life shows how warm her heart is.

There's something that will never stop making me happy about listening to Sylvia talk about someone she truly loves. Whether its her sister, dog, or a close friend, the way Sylvia talks about the people in her life shows how warm her heart is.

20. Her ability to party

Sylvia is a great partier. This will be demonstrated in the next few days.

Sylvia is a great partier. This will be demonstrated in the next few days.

21. Her friendship

I am so, so lucky to be Sylvia's friend. She's one of the best friends I've ever had and she really embodies the definition of a good, true friend. I know I speak for all of Sylvia's friends when I say that we value her presence in our lives and are thankful for every moment of sunshine she has brought to us. Thank you, Sylvia for being you, and for being my friend. Here's to your best year yet.

I am so, so lucky to be Sylvia's friend. She's one of the best friends I've ever had and she really embodies the definition of a good, true friend. I know I speak for all of Sylvia's friends when I say that we value her presence in our lives and are thankful for every moment of sunshine she has brought to us. Thank you, Sylvia for being you, and for being my friend. Here's to your best year yet.

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