15 Ways To Tell You Found Your College Best Friend

15 Ways To Tell You Found Your College Best Friend

She is a special breed of best friend.
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Throughout the stages of life, I’ve had many different “best” friends and I am sure most people have too.

There is the one best friend your tiny kindergarten self-picked because she had pretty crayons. She is always your “day one" on Instagram, but really you get lunch maybe once a year.

Then there are the middle school best friends. There seem to be a million of them, who probably have never had a valuable conversation with, but you had a lot of pictures with them at the middle school dances, so it counts.

Then it's high school best friends, the best friends that teach you about growing up and being yourself (or fake self).

And then comes the point where you either got really blessed and keep the friends or move on with life once freshman year of college hits.

Sometimes, the lucky ones keep the same friends from kindergarten until senior year, but then a whole new beast comes around: college.

Your college best friend is her own separate entity.

She is the one you handpicked.

The one you saw sitting in the dining hall and thought, “Wow, she is cool. I like her.” Then, you stalked on Twitter and thought, “She won’t ever be my friend.” But here we are now and she is your best friend. It seemed pretty magical how it all worked out.

Some people find this person at orientation; others find this person first-semester junior year. Either way, when you find her you’ll know you found your college best friend, mostly because of these signs:

1. She lets you in her bed even though she hates when people touch her.


Basically, you annoy her 24/7 asking her to cuddle and she agrees to it eventually.


2. She encourages you to eat chocolate on your best days and your worst.

It is more for her sake than yours, but you both ignore that.

3. She is your number one fan.

25 percent of her tweets are probably about something semi-cool you did. The other 75 percent is probably about something embarrassing you did.

4. She is always up for adventure.

By adventure, I mean running to Target for 6 hours when you just need more chocolate, but then you come out with new shoes, candles and an array of make-up.

5. She keeps you up super late.


Or you keep her up. You aren't really sure. Either way, somehow you stay up until 2 a.m. chatting about unimportant things.


6. She makes you laugh at the most inappropriate of times.


Most notable time: the class you signed up to take together.

7. She can read your mind.


The look says it all.

8. She lets you have the good shower.

Communal bathrooms are rough, so naturally, you shower at the same time (in different showers) so you can chat through the gross experience. Your saint of a best friend lets you have the least gross of the two because she is sent from heaven.

9. She may have a boyfriend, but you two are dating.

By this point, you have just accepted your life as a third wheel.

10. She may not have known you for long, but you both are completely yourself around each other.

You probably dance around weirdly together 90 percent of the day.

11. She does that annoying hug thing. Even if you went 2 weeks without seeing each other.

Yeah, you are those people you make fun of. It happens.

12. She understands your weird quirks and probably has even weirder ones.

Weird Snapchats and all.

13. She fights with you like a five-year-old.

Because your fights aren't actually about anything important.

14. She will be there for you at 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Always there with a hug, tissues and a snarky remark about how your mascara is running and how ugly you look because of that.

15. At the end of it all, she is your soulmate and you really just can't explain why.

You just know that she can't ever get rid of you.

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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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