An Open Letter to my Roommate

An Open Letter to my Roommate

Inspired by....my roommate

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Dearest meatball,

Not quite sure where to begin, but since this article was inspired by you here it is. If there's one thing you learn from living with someone for almost 2 years it is that there are no boundaries, especially for us. The amount of stories, laughs, cries, and all the weird and hilarious in-betweens we've had probably will never grace the Internet in order to save our dignity. But, there is no one else that would be able to tolerate me the way you do. Thank you for not hating me even after I threw up in your bed freshman year. Thank you for dealing with my panic attacks. Thank you for dealing with me sobbing over boys that never deserved my time in the first place. Thank you for protecting me from malicious people. Thank you for giving me those much needed reality checks when my anxiety gets the best of me. Thank you for knowing me better than I know myself and being able to make sure I don't lose myself when Im at my lowest.

You started as a random face with an annoying Connecticut accent at Orientation before freshman year. Then you become my floormate and practically a 3rd roommate from sleeping on my dirty Merton Hall floor all those nights full of facemasks and gossip. And almost instantly you became a best friend who has gone to hell and back with me. Im grateful for all the experiences we've had together...even when you asked me to "throw hands". We have seen each other at our worst, but have stuck with each other to witness our best moments. You became a sister this summer who I couldn't go a day without talking to so I could rant or just because we needed to say hi because we were too used to seeing each every single day. Now you're like a life partner who I can never escape because we have too much dirt on each other that could ruin one anothers life.

There is definitely no one else Id rather share a room with regardless of your 500 alarms going off in the morning, your tornado of clothes left on the floor after you don't wake up for those 500 alarms and have to rush to class, or your crazy loud laugh that scares me ****less at 2am when you see a funny gif on Twitter. Although you may lack common sense from time to time, you have the biggest heart and are the most thoughtful person I know. You see the good in everyone, even when I can't.

Im sure our neighbors want to get us kicked out of the building from all the screaming, laughing, crying, and other obnoxious random crap we do from the odd hours of the night through the morning, but hey they're just gonna have to deal with it. Thank you for making me fat from always encouraging chinese food and late night jersey fries from JPs but always balancing it with gym sessions during the day.

Thank you for chasing me down Park Avenue when I can't walk straight and making sure that all of Bridgeport knows that my name is "Erin Helen Sweeney get back here right now". Theres too many memories and moments to reminisce on so Ill just leave it at thank you for being you and for putting up with my psychotic self for this long because I wouldn't want anyone else to.

Love you always Erkle, were stuck with each other now.

xoxo, Erwin

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Take that sick road trip you've been wanting to go on, it's actually super good for your health.

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Oh President, My President

Thank you for being my inspiration
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Dear Mr. President,

You are not only my president but my inspiration. I know these aren't words you hear often but I'm here to say them loud and clear. However, I want to be clear, you are not my inspiration for any reason for which you would be proud of. You were chosen to lead our country however, I believe you achieved quite the opposite. In the light of your blatant arrogance and utter hypocrisy and continuous self-contradiction, you have managed to drive our country and my generation into a united force.

Because of you, we have finally been able to find our voice which has for so long been suppressed. We have learned not how to build walls, but to BREAK them. To hop over fences, penetrate each others' minds in order to form alliances and understandings, and most of all learn how to break the social borders you have perpetuated between one another.

You have taught us that when we see something wrong in our society, we are no longer going to sit down and merely be quiet because we are "children." These children have grown up and become teenagers, men and women, professionals, wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, and vital citizens of this nation. These children have grown up sitting with their parents watching the news and we may not have been old enough back then to comprehend the severity of the crisis within our nation, but we are old enough now Mr. Trump.

We are old enough now, Mr. Trump, to know that just because a big scary man tells us what he thinks is right for us and our country, doesn't mean it is. We are old enough now, Mr. Trump, to know that dividing our communities by social class and race isn't what is supposed to happen. We are old enough know Mr. Trump to know the difference between mental illness and poor regulation of gun control. We are old enough now, Mr. Trump, to know that killing hundreds of thousands of innocent women, children, and husbands isn't the way to solve war; it is the perfect impetus to sustain one. We are old enough, Mr. Trump, to understand that you don't resolve issues by disproportionately using your power.

I, Mr. Trump, am a proud, passionate, and professional young woman and know you have absolutely no right to "grab me by the pussy." In fact, you should be giving me all the rights I deserve as an equal member of this society. I deserve the same pay as any other man in my workplace because I have paid the same tuition expenses, put in the same blood, sweat, and tears, and possess the same drive and professionalism as any man I will encounter in my career.

Not only do I work my butt off to make sure that I earn the pay I so rightly deserve, I am able to do so along with the striking pain of menstrual cramps, migraines, and unwarranted "emotional changes." You want to know what helps regulate all of these symptoms that make me "unsuitable to run a country?" Birth control! Yeah, that small little pill that you have never once consumed in your life to help aid the pain in your non-existent uterus? Yeah, that one. But for some strange reason, you seem to believe that my feminine healthcare should be in the hands of my employers to decide if I need it or not. That is where you are wrong, my dear friend Mr. Trump. My uterus is absolutely, positively none of your business.

So here is my final conclusion, Mr. Trump. I want to sincerely and genuinely thank you for being my president. For showing me that even when an illiterate, misogynistic, racist child is in charge of my country, I have a voice. I have a community of young, powerful men and women behind me. We are a body stronger than you could ever be, even sitting in your pearly White House. You have taught us how to use our unity and outspokenness to speak out when we are aware of the wrongs current in our beloved future. We are the future, Mr. Trump, we are here longer than 4 years, we are the voice of the people and we aren't going anywhere.

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