If there's one thing that has set me apart from the majority of my friends at college, it's that I have lived in the same city for my entire life. Certain people are simply amazed that I have never once moved, and even more amazed that I am far from being the only one. Although we often complain about the lack of things to do in town, us Tallahassee natives still find comfort in our hometown, despite a certain unpleasant nickname some people like to use thanks to "The Office." Here is a list of some things that I think most Tally natives have in common.
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1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home
Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place
2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much
Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.
3. Wow this queen bed is so big
*cue sleeping in a starfish position*
4. Finally a bedroom to myself
Headphones? I don't know her.
5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again
"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"
6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?
Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?
7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?
2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"
"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"
8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"
I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?
No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!
9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together
*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:
"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"
10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!
*Slowly closes computer screen*
11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?
Mom: "HOW DARE YOU LEAVE THIS HOUSE WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION! YOU LIVE UNDER OUR ROOF AND WILL ABIDE BY OUR RULES."
Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"
12. Chores? Yea no thank you.
They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.
13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?
Bank Account: $5.93
*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."
14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?
15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.
"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."
16. Why do my old friends have new friends?
I don't like this, not one bit.
17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?
"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"
"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"
18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?
Is it too late for a summer intersession?
Wow, what a rollercoaster the past 9-10 months have been.
So much has happened and changed this past year, some for the good, and some for the bad. I have to say I honestly have no idea if my Freshman year was a win or not, but I did it. And the horrible parts get to stay in the past. I will say there are some things I'll miss and somethings I can't wait to leave.
Goodbye dorm life, I won't miss a second of you. I won't miss the people above me playing music at all hours of the day, I won't miss the tiny cube of a room I live in. I won't miss the fire drills, and floor meetings. I will miss the elevator rides with my friends. I'll miss being a floor away from the vending machines, I'll miss riding around on elevator carts and ordering pizza at all hours without judgment, but in all reality, I won't miss you.
Goodbye dining hall food. We had our ups and our downs and you never seemed to serve chicken tender enough but thank you for having a ton of fries. I'll miss the hot cocoa, and being able to pick what I wanted to eat at each meal. I won't miss the weird combinations of food you had. I won't miss all the weight I gained from you. But I will miss all the deserts and having so many different drink options each day. So thank you for keeping me alive these past few months.
Goodbye hall staff, you all were the best thing to come out of dorm life. I appreciate each and every one of you so much. You all deal with some crazy stuff, and always seem to know how to fix any problem that arose during the year. I will miss seeing each of your faces every day as a roamed the halls each day. Without you all my Freshman year would have been extremely different, and next year it will be weird not having you around. So thank you!
And to my classes, I am glad to say I passed all of you. Some with flying colors, and some without. You are the one thing that stays constant over the next three years so I can't say I'll have time to miss you.
So goodbye Freshman year. Goodbye Missouri State, I'll see you in August.