6 Reasons Why Having A Roommate From High School Is Not A Bad Thing

6 Reasons Why Having A Roommate From High School Is Not A Bad Thing

The search for a roommate is an awkward but necessary task

Torn to pieces are the remains of the envelope that once held your acceptance letter. You can now thank yourself for the extra hour you stayed up working on applications. You're in. It may be your dream school, or it may just be a safety school. Whatever the case, you know you’ll be furthering your education and gaining the independence you’ve been dreaming of for months.

Then, reality sets in. The next step is to find a roommate. The class Facebook page is filled with all walks of life and those who are brave enough to post, find comfort in knowing someone out there relates to them in some way. You are dying to meet someone new because your hall is the one and only place to do so, right? There are ample opportunities to meet new people in a college setting so there is no need to stress about that. With all of the tedious work that comes after being accepted like financial aid and textbooks, trying to find a roommate in my opinion, was the most time sensitive. Here’s why it is not the worst thing in the world to have a roommate from your high school.

1. It will save time and energy

Putting yourself out there for thousands of people to see is hard enough. After awhile, posting tends to get repetitive. Also, not having to message someone on the Facebook page every day, check your phone constantly, or post a new introduction of yourself every week is less nerve-wracking and stressful.

2. Shared experiences

This person understands where you came from because they came from there too. Talking about what you’ll miss, and more likely, what you won’t miss about high school makes starting college a lot more exciting.

3. Room decorating and planning

Shopping online for cute dorm stuff during class…uh yes.

4. Going to orientation together

At orientation, you don’t have to search for a temporary roommate for the one day you have to stay the night.

5. The housing application

Due to the limited amount of housing and this year's large incoming class, many of the new students at my university had to find alternative off-campus housing. It was a sigh of relief getting the housing application done early and knowing I had a guaranteed spot in a dorm.

6. Bonding

If you ultimately decide to room with someone from high school, that means you probably like them enough to live with them. With that in mind, hopefully your friendship remains or becomes stronger in the year to come.

Of course, it is also nice to have a third roommate as not only a familiar face on campus but another person to share the many adventures of dorm life and college.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Blend

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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If Shonda Can Do A Year Of Yes, Then So Can I



A few years ago, Shonda Rimes decided to do a year of saying yes, after her sister told her she says "No" to everything. It ended up changing her life.

So, I've decided to embark on my own year of yes.

Sure, it may be easy to say yes to everything when you're a millionaire with a bunch of record-setting televisions shows, but the rest of us can do it too.

Say yes to treating yourself.

Say yes to taking care of yourself.

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The year of yes is about taking better care of yourself.

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