Moving out can be fun and scary but totally worth it.

For the College Kid Afraid To Move Out on their own For the first time

New starts can be scary and hard, but nothing would be exciting if it wasn't.


Moving out can be hard no matter the time, place, or age. Moving out for the first time can be even harder. At 21 years old I have moved out of my parents' homes. Right now it is hard, but in the long run I know I'll benefit from it and that I have made the best decision.

There are essentially three people moving out can be hard on. Those three are mom, daddy, and the child moving out. Number one is without a doubt mom.

There is no doubt that it is the hardest on moms when their baby moves out whether it's their only child or their sixth child. It's still tough. For me, I'm my mom's one and only pride and joy. I'm her baby and no matter how old I get I'll always be her baby.

My mom and I have a tight bond. We haven't always had that bond but in the last 5 years we've grown very close. She's my best friend. While it is hard on her it's not as hard as it could be. When I was 15 I moved to live with my daddy, so I haven't seen her on a daily basis. However, once we are together for a period of time we don't want to leave each other.

That's why day two of living in my apartment will turn into night three of her spending the night with me and I'm perfectly okay with that.

Number two is daddy. Like I said I've lived with him since I was 15. So right now it is a little tough me leaving. However, him being the dad he's more capable of letting go. He has helped move all the furniture in and make sure everything is just the way his little girl wants it, so for now he's okay with my being gone.

Finally, the child. In this case the child is 21 years old and has never lived alone. I've loved living at home but at this time in my life it is just better to live on campus and it makes more sense.

Did I want to move out, yes and no. Yes, being that I wanted to be independent, wanted to be around all my friends, and didn't want to drive thirty minutes home after being on a bus all night with softball. No, being that it's a huge responsibility.

Living on your own is a huge responsibility and while I am scared I know that I can accomplish being alone. If you're afraid of moving out don't be. It'll be fine and home will always be home, but now it's time to start your own home.

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20 'Thank Yous' My Best Friends Need To Hear BEFORE The Semester Ends

Because I don't thank you enough.


When I decided to graduate a year early, I never thought about how hard it would be to say goodbye. The best part of my three-year journey at Florida State was the friends that I had made. The friends you meet in college are the friends you will never forget. Although in two weeks we will be miles apart, this is not the end of us-- this is a different type of forever. At this point, all I can say is thank you for making my time here unforgettable. Thank you:

1. For buying me Ice Cream when I had a bad day.

2. For pushing me out of my comfort zone. 

3. For teaching me the right way to do Happy Hour. 

4. For complimenting me when I wore that tight dress.

5. For forcing me to go to the library with you.

6. For *trying* to make me go to the gym.

7. For giving me great advice that you know I won't follow. 

8. For letting me borrow your new shirt even though you haven't even worn it yet.

9. For forgiving me when I get a little sassy.

10. For telling me I can do better. 

11. For reading my shitty articles. 

12. For ignoring my absolutely terrible singing. 

13. For laughing at my jokes. 

14. For roasting me in the group chat. 

15. For driving me to class when I was too lazy to find parking. 

16. For picking me up from class when I was too lazy to walk back home.

17. For lending me money because I really REALLY needed that extra guacamole.

18. For tolerating my annoying self after your stressful day.

19. For staying up late because I didn't want to watch the scary movie alone.

20. For being the best friends I ever had.


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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.


From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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