An Open Letter To My Freshman Year Roommate

An Open Letter To My Freshman Year Roommate

In a time that I was afraid to encounter the next stage of my life, I was grateful that we took it on together.
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My dearest freshman roommate:

First of all, I hope that your adventures abroad have been treating you well. With the constant updates and pictures on Facebook, I see that your time abroad is a time of exploring your vast horizons. It still amazes me that it has almost been a whole semester without you here on campus. Trust me when I say I can feel your absence. As it being my first semester without you here, or having any roommate for that matter, I often think of you and how amazing it was to experience my freshman year together with you.

Throughout the summer before freshman year, the most anxiety inducing aspect of college to me was discovering who my roommate was going to be. Questions about our relationship while living together clustered my mind: Were we ever going to get along? What if she has a weird personality? Were we just going to be those types of roommates that would just avoid each other until one of us moves out? What if she is into country music?

I'm not going to lie, when I got the letter saying that you were going to be my roommate, I immediately went to your Facebook. With each scroll down your profile page, my anxiety steadily declined. You didn't appear to have that nightmare-roommate material look to you so I had honestly thought I would be alright. And if you did end up like a psychopath, I at least had the option to change rooms. Thankfully it didn't come down to that.

As we had gotten to know each other, I felt that we became more than just roommates but genuine friends. From detailed plans about getting me together with guys in our class, random dance parties in our room, obsessive baking of banana bread and apple pie, and way too many memes, we slowly but surely grew as a dynamic duo.

As you have probably heard many times before, I write better than I speak. If there is anything I regret about freshman year, it is that I wish I would have thanked you more for everything you had done for me. You were my first friend on campus when I was scared that I would make none. When I felt sad or moody because of school or just life in general, you found ways of cheering me by showing off your sick beats and dance moves. During sleepless nights we would just lie in our beds and talked about random, and sometimes disturbing, things across the room. Every single one of those memories (along with countless others) made me realize that throughout my freshman year I didn't just gain a roommate, but a lifelong friend.

All in all, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for accepting me and putting up with my shenanigans just as much as I put up with yours. Thank you for the random dance parties, late-night baking, and random adventures even though I didn't want to go on them half the time. Thank you for being my cheerleader throughout all my mental breakdowns through calculus, Spanish, and writing courses. And thank you for choosing to go to our college; for if it wasn't for meeting you, I don't know where I would be (most likely still sad and miserable as a biology major).

Even now with you across thousands of miles and even an ocean between us, it always brings a smile to my face when you message me or post about your travels. Needless to say, I do miss you. Seeing now that you are enjoying life, tasting delicious foods and adventuring across Europe with a bright smile on your face, I'm glad that you are enjoying every moment of it.

But as happy as I am for you to be venturing off across Europe, I honestly can't wait for you to come back to campus and tell me all about it over some Five Guys.

Cover Image Credit: Elissa Pulliam

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Year: 2020

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Year: 2020

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Dog dads are cute and very much special. They actually deserve reorganization because they peek up the poop, walk them for miles in the rain, give those baths and take a great care of their dogs. Give them a lovely gift on the father’s day of this year to show him and also to realize him about your appreciation for his fantastic work. That every time they manage the accident that the dog does and take them for a trip even at midnight. Here are ideas for some amazing gift which also might into your budget.

Dog beds for heavy chewers:

Some dog dads have to face the heavy chew problems with their dogs. Especially at night, it becomes too much hesitating to change the wet bed or cover it in another process. A chew proof Dog Beds for heavy chewers will be very much effective and useful gift for any dog dads. These beds are specially designed for moderate to high chewers. 

Front pocket metro sling;

This front pocket sling can be the perfect gift for dog dads. This metro sling can comfortably hold your mobile phone, wallet, poop bags, treats, and others small vital things that you want to carry when going out with your dog for a ride. It is also helpful for short trip or hikes to the local coffee shop.

My Beer Cozy:

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Sip Coffee and Pet My Dog Mug:

This fun mug will be an astounding gift for a dog dad. This one will also be perfect for those dog dads who like coffee too. You can give them a customized mug by printing” I Just Wants to sip my Coffee and Pet My Dog” on the mug. This mug will make him happy whenever he wants to drink coffee. So, it will be an amazing gift for a dog dad.

Make Your Own Dog Treats Cookbook:

This cookbook will be a unique and also fantastic gift for the dog daddy. This book comes with containing more than 34 individual recipes and many of breed templates like more than 75 templates to cut out. With these templates, you can quickly cut out unique shapes of dog foods. Also, the recipes can help a dog dad to cook yummy foods for his dearest pet. This books also contains low cost so; you can easily purchase them for gifting someone. 

Doggie Boxers:

It will go to be the craziest and unique gift for the dog daddy. For a dog-crazy day thing, this boxer will be the coolest thing to wear off, and this is the one thing that any of dog daddy will love. If you are thinking to gift one of the coolest things to a dog daddy then, it will be the craziest one. The price of these boxers will vary. Choose the most beautiful fabric boxer if you are also thinking about the comfort.

Dogs Shirt:

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Survival Paracord Bracelet:

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