7 Overdue Thank-Yous You Owe To The Best Roomie Ever

7 Overdue Thank-Yous You Owe To The Best Roomie Ever

Thanks for listening to my TED talks at 2 a.m.


To my roommate,

There aren't enough thank-yous I could ever say to you. I know I say thank you a lot to you, but I hope you truly know how incredibly thankful I am for you. How lucky am I that I get to live with my best friend? I am forever grateful for a friend and roommate like you. Not many people can put up with me, let alone live with me.

1. Thank you for being my therapist.

You always listen to what I have to say even though I've already talked about the same issue 100 times. You still sit there and let me talk and offer your best advice. Most people would've told me to shut up by now, but not you.

2. Thank you for being the best person to go to parties with.

Whether it be a night at the bars, a frat or some house party you always make it better. You've helped me out of situations I didn't want to be in, encouraged me to go talk to that guy I think is cute, been my personal hype man and always knew when enough was enough. You always make everything more fun and are always encouraging me to dance. I think you're the only person who understands how much I love to dance.

3. Thank you for binge-watching shows with me.

I don't think anyone else would stay up until 3 am a couple times a week to watch the gameshow network with me. I always like watching new shows with you or re-watching ones we've already seen multiple times. Thanks for liking the same shows as me. Not many people enjoy watching Family Feud for 5 hours at a time.

4. Thank you for picking me up when I am down.

You have seen me at my best and my worse. You are there for me when I am thriving. You've encouraged me to be my best, always believing in me when I didn't believe in myself. But, you have also seen me at my worse. You've let me cry on you while you hugged me. You brought tissues to me when I was sobbing because the boy I loved, didn't want to be together anymore. You never forced me to talk about it, but you always told me that you were here for me when I was ready. And when I was ready to talk, you sat and listened and let me continue to cry and cry.

5. Thank you for being the best sorority sister a girl could ask for.

I know that sometimes we complain about it, but I think it brings us closer. There is no one I rather go to swaps with.

6. Thank you for being the best big.

You have always looked out for me and had my best interest at heart.

7. In general, thank you for accepting me for me.

You have seen every side of me from me playing the same song on repeat for hours, giving TED talks to you at 2 am, from me crying and throwing stuff, to me yelling at the TV and from just me being me. When I look back on all my memories I have made in college, you're in all of them. There is no one I rather spend these next couple years with or live with. I am forever grateful for you my roommate and best friend.

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To The Defeated Nursing Major, You'll Rise

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You will have weeks when you are defeated. Some mornings you won't be able to get out of bed and some days you won't be able to stop crying enough to go to class. You'll feel like nobody understands the stress that you are under, and you have absolutely nobody to talk to because they either don't get it or are dealing with their own meltdowns. There will be weeks that you want to change your major and give up on the whole thing. But, you'll rise.
You will miss football games, concerts, and nights out with the girls. There will be stretches of two or more weeks you'll go without seeing your mom, and months where you have to cancel on your best friend 4+ times because you have too much studying to do. There will be times where no amount of "I'm sorry" can make it up to your little brother when you miss his big football game or your grandparents when you haven't seen them in months. But, you'll rise.

You will have patients who tell you how little they respect nurses and that you won't be able to please no matter how hard you try. You will have professors who seem like their goal is to break you, especially on your bad days. You will encounter doctors who make you feel like the most insignificant person on the planet. You will leave class some days, put your head against your steering wheel and cry until it seems like there's nothing left to cry out. But, you'll rise.

You will fail tests that you studied so hard for, and you will wing some tests because you worked too late the night before. You will watch some of the smartest people you've ever known fail out because they simply aren't good test-takers. You will watch helplessly as your best friend falls apart because of a bad test grade and know that there is absolutely nothing you can do for her. There will be weeks that you just can't crack a smile no matter how hard you try. But, you'll rise.

You'll rise because you have to — because you've spent entirely too much money and effort to give up that easily. You'll rise because you don't want to let your family down. You'll rise because you're too far in to stop now. You'll rise because the only other option is failing, and we all know that nurses do not give up.

You'll rise because you remember how badly you wanted this, just three years ago as you were graduating high school, with your whole world ahead of you. You'll rise because you know there are people that would do anything to be in your position.

You'll rise because you'll have one patient during your darkest week that'll change everything — that'll hug you and remind you exactly why you're doing this, why this is the only thing you can picture yourself doing for the rest of your life.

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You'll rise because you have compassion, you are selfless, and you are strong. You'll rise because even during the darkest weeks, you have the constant reminder that you will be changing the world someday.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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