6 Reasons To Be Single Freshman Year

6 Reasons To Be Single Freshman Year

After all, girls just want to have fun.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I can’t help but acknowledge how happy I am to be single. While the comfort of a boyfriend is sweet, I feel like I am much better off without it – here’s why:

1. I don’t have to dress up….. Ever.

I can leave my room wearing no makeup, sweatpants, and the largest t-shirt on the market without having to worry about the approval of anyone important.

2. I can, however, look incredible if I'm feelin' myself.

I can pile on the makeup and wear the cutest outfit ever without having a boyfriend to be protective and worried about what his friends will think.

3.I can do whatever I want whenever I want to with whoever I want to do it with.

One of the most exciting parts of college is being on your own. I can hangout with the girls without a boy worried about what I'm doing while I'm away from him.

4.All of my decisions are based solely on what I want to do.

I have no one to answer to or to work around. My plans for the future and life choices are made for me and not based on what my boyfriend thinks or is planning to do.

5.I am spending my time on lifelong friendships.

While it's definitely possible that my freshman boyfriend will be my husband, it is unlikely. I don't want to waste the best years of my life on someone who will be in my life for a few months and then be out of it. I get to spend my time with my besties that will be by my side forever.

6.I won't be sad about a broken heart.

A heart can't be broken unless it is given to someone. Most boys aren't ready for that responsibility yet. Would you your best china to a toddler?

Let freedom ring! Freshman year has been and continues to provide the most fun that I have ever had. I have made tons of new friends and laughed more than ever before. I am soooo happy for those of you in a happy relationship, but I couldn't resist reflecting on some reasons why I am not.

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The Importance Of The 5 Types Of Friends In Your Life

I'll never find more selfless and unique people in my life.

Friends are not easy to find. They are taken for granted and are always there when needed. Good friends are the ones that are by your side through thick and thin, support you during a breakup, and are the scapegoat to temporarily dealing with problems.

There are five main types of friends which include: The Leader, the Cheerleader, the Prophet, the Confidant, and the Motivator. Within each friend is a blessing, one you do not expect. Friends hold you up, they support and guide you. They are there to listen to you and be there whether you are in a time of need or just around for shits and giggles.

The Leader will tell you to pull your act together and keep fighting, they are the reason you are so put together even when you feel like you are not. They push you to be your best self.

The Cheerleader will cheer you on and tell you that you're doing great, even if you are doing everything wrong and should stop altogether. They have that special kind of pep that you used to get from the girls in uniforms at those football and basketball games in high school.

The Prophet gives wise advice, not the crap (sorry dad) that you get from your parents, but the type of advice that relates directly to your situation. Although parental advice is always needed and is awesome and all, friend advice is always good because they understand what you’re going through because they are going through the same things.

The Confidant is the friend you can trust anything with. Secrets, help, support, they got you.

The Motivator is the friend who motivates you, duh. They give you reasons to not quit and will be there 100% of the way.

If you're anything like me, I'm not an easy person to love. Friends put up with A LOT of shit and the majority of the time, we take them for granted. Take the time to thank them for being there for you through thick and thin and don’t do anything stupid to lose them. They are your friends and they want to be there for you, so let them.

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10 Reasons My Large, Crazy Family Is The Best

After spending a weekend in my hometown of Driggs, Idaho, I always remember how grateful I am for the fam.

Being from a big family can be crazy! Usually, when I am at home, I have a least one sister and sometimes a cousin in tow. Here are the top ten reasons why I love being from a big family.

1. My immediate family is very tight-knit

I am super close with my mom and sisters. When I come to visit, we rarely sleep because we are too busy catching up.

2. We can talk about anything

No subject of conversation is “off-limits” in my family. We never have to tiptoe around trying to be polite or politically correct.

3. I can always expect board games

Some families watch T.V. together. We play board games. It a great way to have fun and interact with each other.

4. I will always have the chance to see extended family when I am home

My hometown is full of cousins of all kinds- first, second and third. Being from a small town, it is almost guaranteed that I will see some of them.

5. Everybody lives nearby

Almost all of our neighbors are family- and the few that aren’t have been adopted into the family. They never mind if I drop by to say hello, and they are always welcome to drop by our house for a quick visit.

6. There is always somebody to help me with my car troubles

Let’s face it, I’m a poor college student and my car is old. A cousin or an uncle is always willing to trade working on my car for babysitting or baking cookies.

7. Somebody will get my car unstuck

Along the same thread as car troubles, a cousin or uncle will always come to my rescue when I get a car stuck in snow or sand or anything else. If there is not a cousin there to help right away, I just have to wait for one of them to drive past my house.

8. My sisters and I have a huge cheering squad

Whenever we are in a dance recital, race, or another program, many extended family members come and support us, and of course cheer loudly for us.

9. I will always have a place to call home

My family has lived in Driggs for many generations. There will always be a place for me to come back to.

10. I have family members in many towns, cities, and states

When it comes time for me to leave town to go back to school, I take comfort in the fact that that I have family members in most of the towns between here and there, in case of car troubles or bad weather.

Being from a big family in a small town has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

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