11 Things Every College Girl Is Thankful For, As Cliche As It Might Sound

11 Things Every College Girl Is Thankful For, As Cliche As It Might Sound

Go out and share some of that thankfulness to others!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and it's that special time of year where we reflect on our lives and everything in it that we are very blessed to have. For college girls, especially sorority girls, the things that we are thankful for may sound very redundant. However, that doesn't mean we don't truly appreciate the things in our lives that make us thankful, and these things just may be common for others as well.

So, here's 11 things every college girl is thankful for, as cliche as it might sound.

1. Her School Friends

College is hard, but it's made a lot easier when you have a good group of gal pals (and guys) around you to support you through the tough school work and still have fun with. College would suck a whole lot more doing it all alone.

2. Her Home Friends

Who else are you supposed to hang out with when home for the holidays? I'm so fortunate to have a close group of friends from high school that still message each other every day, and it's nice to share our home connection but still keep one another updated on our lives.

3. Her Sorority Sisters

For many college girls, joining a sorority is a chance to join a close-knit group of girls with similar interests and common goals. I'm thankful for my sorority sisters for having my back, having good times with me, and making my big school seem a lot smaller.

4. Her Actual Sisters (and Brothers and Parents)

It's hard being away from family, but that longing makes actually getting home to see them so much better. I'm so thankful for a supportive family who wants to see me do well here at school and still keeps me in the loop (sometimes) about everything happening back at home.

5. Her College

With some exceptions, most girls love their schools and are so thankful for the chance to get an education from that institution, and looking back on her college years, she'll be thankful for the opportunity to make such great friends and learn so much.

6. Online Shopping

Many college students don't have the luxury of having a car on campus or most malls or stores within walking distance, so online shopping is key to getting those necessities (and not so necessities) throughout the semester. She's very thankful for Amazon Prime's two-day shipping.

7. Her Boyfriend

If she's in a relationship, chances are she's very fortunate to have a boyfriend who loves her, supports her, and wants to see her do her best. If you're like me, you're extra thankful to have a special someone like that in your life.

8. Free Food

One thing at college you don't always get anywhere else: free food. Her bank account is extra thankful every time she goes to an event with free pizza rather than swiping her card again for dinner.

9. Dogs

I've never had a dog, but luckily my friends, family, and random passerby's on campus keep me full of doggo joy throughout the year. I'm thankful for this loving animal, even though I've never had one to personally call my own. (Also, even though I'm not a huge cat person myself, shoutout to those of you thankful for your cats this year).

10. Netflix and Youtube

I've been personally too stressed and busy to be keeping up with my favorite shows on Netflix this semester (Stranger Things 2, you will be watched soon, I promise), but I have been keeping up-to-date with some of my favorite Youtube channels. Your favorite college girls are very thankful for these streaming sources of entertainment.

11. Holiday Breaks

After months of constant classes, due dates, and studying, your college girl is extra thankful for a few days off to spend time with family and relax, hopefully without any pressing school thoughts. She'll be even more thankful in about a month once finals are done and she gets a whole month off.

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Now that you know just a few of some of the most cliche, but still worthy items, college girls are thankful for, go out and share some of that thankfulness to others!

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They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.


I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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This reason might turn people off from the job, but it's a part of why I love being a counselor. Hanging out with kids tires me out at times, but they also motivate me to keep going. They're little balls of energy, and I feed off of other people's energies well. The kids also help me feel youthful and like nothing matters. Everything is fun to them; they help me keep a positive outlook on life.

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