21 Little Things Every College Girl Should Do Before Turning 21

21 Little Things Every College Girl Should Do Before Turning 21

1. Get yourself a good group of friends.
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1. Get yourself a good group of friends.

A core group of friends will always be the ones to help cheer you up when you are down.

2. You don't need a boy to define you.

Not having a boyfriend does not mean anything, it means you can be independent and do things on your own.

3. Nothing is as big of a deal as you think.

When you have little fights with friends, work it out because it is not the end of the world and you will need them.

4. Take time for yourself.

You don't always need to be out, relax, rest, and lay in bed longer than you normally do

5. Binge watch shows on Netflix.

It is completely okay to finish a season of a show in one night.

6. A night in with the girls is always needed.

You don't always need to go out, a movie night is always therapeutic.

7. Chinese food solves all problems.

Movie night and Chinese. What more do you need?

8. Just call your mom to say hi.

When you are having a bad day she is always able to cheer you up.

9. Live in the moment.

Be actively present and engaging in the activities surrounding you.

10. It is what it is.

You can't change what life throws at you, so accept it and move on and keep pushing forward.

11. If you run out of clothes, go through your friend's closet.

When you get bored of your closet, raiding your friends closet will always help.

12. Your GPA is not the end of the world.

Just because you do not have the highest GPA in your friend group does not mean you aren't smart.

13. Go shopping to get rid of your stress.

Use a day at the mall for some stress relief.

14. Friends become family.

Sometimes family isn't always there so the friends that surround you will become your new family.

15. Use a friend's shoulder to cry on.

When you are having a bad day, crying on a friend's shoulder will make it a little easier.

16. Go to sleep early.

Turn your phone off and go to bed, it will help distract you from the stress and anxiety.

17. You can overcome tragedy.

Yes losing someone is terrible but you grow from it and that will shape you into the person you will become.

18. Cook a nice dinner.

Go to the grocery store, buy food and cook a nice dinner, instead of eating a frozen pizza.

19. Stay out late.

Sometimes a night out will help distract you from what is going on.

20. Go out for dinner even when you don't have a lot of money.

Having dinner out with friends let's you relax and you make memories and forget all about the work to be done.

21. Be spontaneous.

Spur of the moment plans make the best memories.

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A Letter To My Best Friend On Valentine's Day

Because you are my ultimate Valentine.
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To my beautiful best friend,

Warning: This letter is about to get extremely cheesy. I am talking four cheese lasagna cheesy. But no one deserves a love letter like this more than you do.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love for you. On this wondrous occasion with which most people express their love to their significant other, I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish our friendship.

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You are the ultimate love of my life. Boys have come and gone but you remain a constant; for that I am grateful. You have been there for me when my family could not be; for that I am grateful. You have been my backbone, my rock, and all those other clichés people use to describe the people they care about, and yet you have been so much more than that as well; for that I am grateful.

All my love this Valentine’s Day goes out to you, my friend, because you do not receive it enough. You have picked me up out of the dirt, brushed me off, and kissed my wounds more times than I can count, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that, but I am sure am going to try.

Thank you for the midnight cries. Thank you for the midnight laughs. Thank you for ordering way too much food with me and still just eating it all. Thank you for the advice, both solicited and unsolicited. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. Thank you for the silly pictures. Thank you for the stupid inside jokes. Thank you for making bad decisions with me. Thank you for laughing with me and laughing at me. Thank you for the endless memories.

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More than anything, I want you to know that I love you. I love you. You are the family I get to choose, the one I go to when I have nowhere else to turn. You are the one I know I can always run to, whether we saw each other yesterday or haven’t seen each other in a year. You have played a part in molding who I am as a person, and I am so grateful for having such an amazing person affecting my life in such a positive way.

With all the love in my heart,

Your friend
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To The Friends I Can Be Myself Around

An open letter to those whose friendships I value more than a pint of Graeter's ice cream.

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There are those friends I love and care about deeply, but cannot be my true self around. Someone asked me before, "How can you call someone your friend if you can't be yourself around them?" I don't change myself to accommodate them or act in a manner unnatural to me — I just don't show them some sides of me. Growing up, some of my friends did not understand how I could ever want to write books or how I could love reading so much, so I learned at a young age to keep that side of me to myself. And yes, those are important parts of me, but my friends who did not understand it did accept it, and that was enough. Some thought it bizarre and humorous I love Celtic instrumental music or said some hurtful things about what I love that I realize now wasn't okay. But at the end of the day, there is love between us and common ground where I just remember to not mention some things.

Then there are those friends I can be my complete, unapologetic, authentic self with. The ones who support and encourage you to chase your dreams, even if they don't understand them. The ones who you can cry to about something silly, say whatever is on your mind without regretting it, and who thinks it's preposterous you refuse to fart in their presence because your other friends would give you crap for it (pun intended, and also true story). The ones you stay up late into the night talking about philosophy and crushes until your voices begin to rasp. The ones who are the closest to your heart.

I want to say thank you to these brilliant, caring, beautiful friends, new and old. Your love and support has helped me at all times, through the good and the bad and the boring. I only hope to be the same friend to you, to be open-minded, supportive, and enthusiastic. I believe it is important to cultivate a wide range of friends and support, but many of the friendships I mention earlier will most likely only be kept alive through memories; ours will last many lives to come. I look forward to growing old with you all and growing together.

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