If there is a group of people that you spend time with, whether you want to or not, it’s your roommates. They are there night or day whenever you need them. Honestly, you guys probably spend too much time together. There aren’t really any boundaries left with them, because let's be honest, we’ve crossed them all. At this point you guys are basically dating and it is what it is because you all know you aren’t going to change your ways.
1. You’ve received a text asking to cuddle more than once. Whether you or they are having a bad day it doesn’t matter, cuddling is just an everyday part of life at this point.
4. Knocking isn’t a thing so there have been many close calls with seeing waaaaay too much. Not that it would actually stop you from going in the room anyways.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.
While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.
This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...
1. Getting to see each other is a special event.
Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.
2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.
This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.
3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.
While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.
4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.
When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.
5. You know they will always be a part of your life.
If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.
The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.
I pride myself on being a pacifist. I'm a vegetarian who loves working with kids and animals, is generally against war and violence, and is too weak to do a full push up. But this doesn't stop me from having a fascination with true-crime.
Maybe it's because I'm the polar opposite of the typical murderer, but I've always had an interest in the psychology behind a crime. Shows like "Criminal Minds" and "Castle" had me hooked on murder mysteries from the beginning. How a person can be driven to murder has always confused me, and that confusion has led me to spend hours on Wikipedia pages. Newer Netflix shows like the "Ted Bundy Tapes" and "Abducted in Plain Sight" have been insanely popular with audiences. If you look on Spotify or Apple Music, some of the most popular podcasts are about true-crime. "My Favorite Murder" has 19 MILLION followers on Apple Music.
Studies have different theories on why some people are interested in true-crime. My favorite theory is that "They require attention and commitment, and tend to encourage viewers to analyze evidence on their own". Fictional shows have an open and shut case, while most shows featuring true-crime leave the audience with a sense of unease because of the unconcluded nature. We truly don't know if this person is guilty or not, but they're serving time anyways. This unease is also related to why people are hooked on true-crime. It's the same reason that people watch horror movies. People like to be scared. People also like to know what to expect, as another article states. It's studying psychology: people like to know how other people's brains work. Mystery evokes us.
TV shows have fictionalized crime for years. "Law and Order" has an open and shut case every episode, which leaves viewers with a sense of completion. Meanwhile, shows like The Staircase capture how there's a grey area, and how real people, real fathers and members of the community, can be sentenced to a crime they might not have committed. Our justice system is flawed, and true-crime shows and podcasts capture that. It brings about a sense of anger, that what we grew up hoping about our government's policies aren't black and white. Anyone you love, even yourself, can be convicted of a crime. Watching that on a TV screen or listening to it through a podcast brings awareness to that.
It's time to end the stigma surrounding true-crime. I shouldn't feel weird for saying that I watch "Making a Murderer" (Steven Avery is innocent, fight me)-- just like a horror movie fan doesn't feel weird for admitting they like horror. True-crime doesn't make me crazy, it makes me aware of what could happen to me or my friends at any moment.
You can be into true-crime and not be a murderer. You can be into true-crime and still be respectful of the victims. Lastly, you can be into true-crime and not be crazy.