A Thank You Letter To My Freshman Year Roommates

A Thank You Letter To My Freshman Year Roommates

We've really been through it all

Since freshman year has officially come to an end, it seems almost fair to say a quick thanks to the 3 girls who I started and ended the year with and who have been there for literally it all.

Coming into college from out of state with little knowledge of what to expect or what's to come, having someone from a similar background as me was probably the most important and best decision I made into college. We had a whole summer to prep each other for what was to come from living with each other and get over the awkward phase real fast.

It was nice to have one official friend going into the first day and one that I will be friends with forever. Together we combated the harshness of being homesick, late study nights, boy problems, and plenty of other questionable decisions.

Seriously, you've seen me at my highs and lows, yet didn't judge me (even if it was me crying about my cat) It was nothing short of a roomie match made in heaven as we both provided support and respect towards one another.

You seriously compliment me so well, we truly worked together like no other. I have never met someone who is as caring, hardworking, organized and capable as you and I can't wait to see all that you accomplish in the future. But most of all, thanks for dealing with me. A task that is no easy feat.

I can't wait to hang out this summer and continue our shenanigans. Talk about an iconic roomie duo. Seriously, I think everyone in the states of Minnesota and Kansas knew we were roommates. Oh well.

I think I know a little too much about you. From stress drives to bowling class, to the endless amounts of times I asked you to drive me to chipotle, you rarely said no. You're always about being kind to others and adventure; I don't think I can name a single thing you wouldn't do.

I will miss our random deep talks, your weird jokes, and maybe even bowling. I admire your confidence and ability to show kindness to anyone you encounter. You're a literal hoot and light up every room you walk in, which I will miss next year, but I won't miss the constant stream of country music that's always going on in the room.

Although we butt heads sometimes due to our conflicting senses of humor, we truly did make this room come together. With the people and with you creating the futon. You're kind-hearted, smart, and fun to be around. You bounce back from every situation and do so with a smile on your face.

You're passionate about the weirdest things- teen punk music, hockey boys and hotdogs- yet are unapologetic for it. Always down to go with the flow and make things easier for everyone involved. I love comparing childhoods and how we can always laugh at the stupidest things and jokes.

I will miss stealing clothes from your closet and go to you for advice in any situation. Sorry for spoiling "The Walking Dead" for you.

There's nothing more comforting than constantly being surrounded by people that learn to know more about you than you do. It's a curse, but mostly a blessing. The memories we made on the futon playing quiplash, nights out, dining hall feasts, and random roadtrips are those that I will always remember and cherish. Luckily, we've got plenty of stupid pictures and videos to make sure they go down in history as well.

Cover Image Credit: Abby Amundson

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Why Passion Leads To Success

Success is based on what a person wants to accomplish and the journey they take to accomplishing their goals.


Passion is extremely important to a person's success. I think success is when a person is happy and content with their life and they have the career they have dreamed of and they make the right amount of money to live the way they want. I also think it is that a person meeting their goals and taking advantage of opportunities in their lives to better themselves is important to become successful. Success for an individual is usually based on their goals in life and the passions they have for certain subjects and career choices.

Kids always are forced into doing what their parents want and high school pressures kids to go to college way too much. I chose the path to go to college, but it is not the only option or always the right one. All people are different and they all have different interests, and that is the key point to their success. People have plenty of hobbies they enjoy, but they are always certain subjects and activities that people are passionate about. After graduation, the options are endless, because there are jobs a person can advance in to become a top employee in the company. A person can also go to all kinds of schools such as college, trade schools, tech school, beauty school, dental school, and so many more. A person can also join the military and serve their country while trying to find a career to enjoy in the military, so they have options after their service. Some people cannot handle the military, college, or trade school and there is nothing wrong with that. The journey a person takes and the goals they achieve cannot be rushed, but takes hard work on finding out what makes you happy and what makes goals achievable.

I know some people that are still trying to find their passion in their early twenties and there is nothing wrong with that. Some people are having kids or getting married, while others are achieving some goals or getting into trouble. The point is everyone is in a different place and have a different journey as they attempt to find out their passion. An important quote to me comes from Walt Payton. Payton was a running back for the Chicago Bears in the 1970s and his quote was "If you're good at something you'll tell everyone, but if you're great at something they'll tell you." This quote is important because usually if an individual is great at something and people tell you, then a person will likely fall in love with that activity. People love to be complimented and hear positive comments about themselves to boost their self-confidence. People perform their best at the subjects that they care about and have a passion for, but they also need the praise and support from the people around them to push them to be their very best. This is how I found my passion, but some people will stumble on it themselves. I started writing papers for English classes and computer classes in high school and my first year of college. I enjoyed having the freedom to write about what I wanted and being recognized for that made me feel confident so I decided to major to become a journalist. I never imagined that I would become a journalist, but that turned out to be something I loved doing and I continue working hard to improve my writing skills.

Society judges a person's every move and they peer pressure many people into feeling they have to make all the money they can or they have to go to college to be successful. I know people that have not attended college and they are making good money at their job and enjoying what they do. I know some friends who go to trade schools or are getting certificates to establish their career. The best thing America offers an individual is the ability to have the power to choose your career based on personal interests and skills a person possesses to make themselves content with their lives. People should take advantage of the opportunities around them and try to do their best in their profession. People do not live forever, but their work and impact they leave around them are important, so people should make the best of their life and find their passion.

Passion is important for every human to find, but do not rush your life or career, because people will find their passion at all different ages and periods in their lives. Young adults should enjoy their lives and have fun with their peers as they find their passion and set their goals to become the best they can be in their career. I have seen people of all ages in my college classes; Kids from high school, young adults, and even adults in their thirties to sixties. This proves people can change their current situation any time they want and find their passion at any age. People need to get more confidence in themselves and put their best effort into every aspect of their lives, so they can be happy and successful. Life is all about what a persons makes it because they are in control of their destiny, but they must find their passion and capitalize on their opportunities.

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