Four Years Later, The Year Of College Graduation

Four Years Later, The Year Of College Graduation

Life is never how we plan but being able to come back together and celebrate our accomplishments as humans is always great.


It's been 4 years since we graduated together. 4 years has changed us so much as people and we are very lucky to still have each other to talk to. It may not seem that long but believe me when I say this, it is especially when we hardly see one another.

Most relationships end after high school and only a small percentage last after that. We have all experienced many new things, been stabbed in the back by our old friends and have felt completely alone at one point or another. Seeing each other in the same setting as we sat when seniors in high school but doing different things is so odd but also so refreshing.

We are adults, grown, going to college, having adult jobs and real-life experiences. We are all 21 and able to freely drink and smoke as we please. We are all at a point in our lives we probably would have never guessed we'd be in, though understandably we would be.

Life is never how we plan but being able to come back together and celebrate our accomplishments as humans are always great. Some of us are graduating, some of us are in long-term relationships, some of us are moving away, and some of us... well, we are still here.

We are still in the same place we were when we graduated those 4 long years ago and you know what? That's okay. Because we are going to make it, we all will and if it doesn't seem like it then think positive.

Our lives are written out for us, and even if time seems to be going fast then try to slow down. Learn to cherish the memories as they are and as they were and not worry about what is ahead. Time will slow down as we begin to take in the lives we have and are able to enjoy it for what it is.

College, new jobs, transferring, traveling the world, internships, shitty relationships, losing touch with others. These are all things that happen when we leave our old high school lives behind. Don't grow up too fas though, adulthood is a trap kids.

We are expected to do so so much as adults, things we weren't taught as children and young adults. There are people who we graduated with that have children of their own, are engaged or married, or that live far away, doing amazing things we wouldn't have expected from them. Then there are the few that are still at home finishing college and trying to become something successful.

Flashback to 2015 and you'll notice that the lives we lived then are nowhere near the lives we expected to be living now and that is completely okay and valid.

4 years ago I can't say I'd be here in this position and that my life has changed so much and I have experienced so many things. But I can say that I always knew I'd have you all by my side in the end.

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Somehow, I Ended Up With The Best Roommate Known To Man

I've truly been blessed.


College can be a very stressful experience to prepare for. From orientation to selecting your classes for the semester, your responsibilities quickly pile up. On top of all that, you also have to find somebody who you will be sharing a room with for your first year of college.

After not sharing a room with my sister for several years, I was worried about going back to splitting a living space with someone else. Immediately after I finished submitting my application to finalize my commitment to Temple, the stress of finding a roommate sunk in. Rooms in the residential hall I wanted were filling up quickly, and I still didn't have a roommate.

I was trying to find a roommate, but everybody seemed to already have their living situation figured out. However, one day, I received a message from a girl named Tori. Little did I know, she would become my best friend. I saw her profile prior to on RoomSync, an app for finding roommates, so I was really excited when she messaged me.

We didn't meet until move-in day, which made me a little bit anxious, but right from the start, everything clicked. We have lots of similar interests and living standards. Even though our majors are totally different, hers being biology and mine is English, that didn't stop us from being friends and enjoy spending time with one another.

In just the first weekend, Tori discovered that I hadn't seen a lot of movies that I should have seen growing up. From that point on, she created a list of various movies, and every weekend we watched at least one movie together. I don't think she has shown me a movie that I haven't liked yet, and I'm so glad that we started this tradition.

On top of movies, Tori has also expanded my music taste, which is a very hard thing to do. I couldn't be happier that she introduced me to Dean Lewis and Noah Kahan and then persuaded me to go to their concert in October with her. In general, she has got me more into music and is increasing my knowledge about music overall.

As well as going to a concert together, we also recently went to see my favorite Youtubers when they came to Philly. When we found out that Cody Ko and Noel Miller were going on a comedy tour and coming to our city, we immediately planned to buy tickets. It was a night full of laughs, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with her.

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Having a random roommate who is also your best friend is rare. I've heard a lot of horror stories about random roommates, but I honestly can't picture not being friends with Tori. Along with being an amazing roommate, she is incredibly selfless and caring. Her focus is always on helping people, and I admire her for all the hard work she puts into everything she does.

Being surrounded by people in the College of Science and Technology, I know it isn't easy. Because I have a strong dislike of science, I give major props to Tori and her friends in CST. I'm so happy she is studying something she's truly passionate about and will love doing in her future career. Whenever I meet people that want to pursue a career in science or the medical field, I immediately give them immense credit. It's extremely difficult to take that career path, and I'm already excited for Tori and her ultimate success.

College is a time for making new friends that will last even after you stop going to school together. Even though I'm only in my second semester, I know I can trust Tori with anything, and she'll be there for me when I need her. I also know that she'll be 100% honest with me when I need guidance or advice.

I cannot even begin to express my gratitude to Tori for messaging me to room with her. My college experience has been incredibly positive thus far because she has been with me through it all. I'm extremely grateful for the way things worked out because I couldn't have asked for a kinder roomie.

Thank you, Tori, for not just being an incredible person and roommate, but my best friend as well.

P.S. I can't wait to bake with you in our apartment together next semester!

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My Culture Is Not A Stereotype,  Stop Assuming Before You Know The Truth.

You as an individual need to stop creating excuses to try to justify the stereotype you implied to someone or the assumption of how a culture is.


I love how people just come up to and saying my culture is supposed to be a certain way and I'm just like yeah totally! Well, let's take a step behind that first line was full on sarcasm if you didn't catch it. Cultures are not supposed to be something you create assumptions for and create stereotypes for.

Of course its really easy to fall in all these stereotypes because come on you see something on Twitter, Instagram, or even Snapchat about a certain group, identity, culture, gender norms and start assuming that its suppose to be that way. When we fall into stereotypes that people have created we fail to do the least and educate our self.

I am not going to lie either I did once fall into a stereotype about a certain ethnicity but learned that it shouldn't work like that. We often think that oh no ones going to get offended or if someone says something about what I assumed I'll just say its what's on social media. You as an individual need to stop creating excuses to try to justify the stereotype you implied to someone or the assumption of how a culture is.

Well your probably wondering what culture I belong to? or what my ethnicity is? So here's the answer I am Pakistani. All though I lived in America since I was just a baby. America is basically home to me because of the fact that I grew up and was raised here. Even though I been living here in America all my life I never got so assimilated into the American culture and forgot my own.

So when people assume that my culture is a certain way or that there's only one main traditional it annoys me. I mean all of us of access to technology and rather than staying ignorant about others and saying things that can offend people do some research! Also, don't think that your perfect and that your to perfect to do research. Gaining knowledge is key!

In today's day and age, we all KNOW how important is to have a phone. It's almost abnormal if you don't have one. But do we all KNOW how important it is not to fall into stereotypes and assumptions? I think the answer is no because I still know people who are ignorant and won't do any research. IT never hurts to talk to someone about their culture and embrace culture difference than assuming.

When you actually take the time and effort in knowing about peoples culture you will not only be more educated but you can meet some amazing people out there! So I challenge you! I challenge you to do research or even talk to someone who is a different ethnicity or belongs to a different culture than you do! You will be surprised at the similarities and difference that the specific culture holds. So I am going end off by saying my culture isn't a stereotype so stop assuming before you know the truth!!

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