To My Friends At The End Of Our First Semester

To My Friends At The End Of Our First Semester

Thanks for making my first semester so great.
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Wow guys, what a crazy ride this first semester of college has been. It's crazy to think that it's all starting to come to an end for Winter Break. Just think, a few months ago we were all moving into college for what we knew was about to be the best time of our lives. In those short months, we've all watched each other grow and change into the people we are today. We've developed strong friendships that will really last a lifetime and I'm so thankful that we were able to start this crazy journey together.

You may not have known me for my whole life like my friends from home have, but we click just as well- if not better- than I do with them. We're able to get to know each other with late nights and tons of stories about that crazy ex boyfriend from a year or two ago and sometimes it feels like we have known each other for years instead of just a few months. I was nervous about coming to college and making new friends, but it turns out that I had no reason to be nervous at all. You all have been my rocks since August. I have had to learn how to live on my own which is extremely terrifying, but you all make everything a little less scary. Our friendships are unlike anything I've ever had in life before and I know that we will always be there for each other.

My mom always told me that I'd meet my future husband and bridesmaids in my first semester of college. While I'm not too sure on the whole husband part, I know I've definitely found my bridesmaids, and just a heads up: your dresses will be pink and pretty. Turning into an adult is super weird, and I'm glad I have you around to make me feel young and free. Marriage isn't something I want to happen for a long time, but you all will be in my wedding one day so have no fear. (If I happen to end up alone forever, I'm going to need you all around for Netflix nights, so never forget me when we graduate and move away!)

Thanks for always being there to go to the library with me late at night and stay there with me until I finish the multiple papers that I put off until the last minute, I definitely owe you a few cups of Starbucks coffee for all of the late study nights, thanks so much for helping me pass my tests.

As we come to an end on this semester, just know that I am so fortunate to know each of you and that I am so thankful to have you in my life. College friends are the kind of friends you have forever. Thanks for the crazy nights out, the wild stories and most importantly, your true friendships.

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You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Finding Your Niche In College Starts With Finding You

Attempting to be someone you are not for the sake of having company only hurts you in the long run.

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Transitioning to college is hard enough, but trying to find a place where you feel "at home" can make this time even more stressful. Here are some tips on how to find that place/group of people that make you feel like sunshine.

I have always felt a little out of place wherever I went, but it wasn't until college that I realized that this feeling was so special and more people should capitalize on their differences rather than conforming to a certain mold. Transitioning to college and finding your place among so many people can be very overwhelming. The added stress of attempting to be someone you aren't for the sake of having company adds a whole other layer to this problem. The easiest thing for me to do in any situation like this is trying to make the setting a little smaller. One of the most obvious ways to do this on a college campus is by getting involved!

It is inevitable that within the first few weeks of the semester at any college, there will be an organization fair. This is a chance to scope out all that your school has to offer! Chances are there will be some type of group or club that lines up with your interests. Most college campuses have extracurricular opportunities ranging from social sororities and fraternities, professional ones, intermural sports, vocal groups, and so many more. You are more than likely going to find some type of organization that you can call home if you seek them out. Joining an organization is such an easy way to interact with people with similar interests. An interest can bring two completely different people together and create some beautiful friendships. It is situations like this where it is important to be your authentic self and mingle with those you share something with.

That being said, finding your place in college isn't always about being involved. Getting involved on campus is just one of the simplest ways to start. There are so many other opportunities on campus to meet people whether it be among others in your residence hall, people in your classes, or just people you find yourself stumbling upon! Finding people to spend your time with is easy; however, you should make it a point to surround yourself with people who bring you up.

Once you have a set group of people that you find yourself spending time with, it is important to pay attention to the way you feel when you're around them. If you find yourself feeling bad about yourself or get the impression that you need to change something in order to "fit in," chances are the people you're around are not the best for you or your self-esteem. It is important to surround yourself with people who allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin. That being said, you also want people who encourage you to make good decisions and help you reach your goals. People who encourage toxic behavior in your life might be fun in the short term, but in the grand scheme of things, you need to be surrounded by people with your best interest in mind. Essentially, surrounding yourself with people who influence you to be your best self is one of the best decisions you can make short and long term.

The key to all of this is being conscious of your own feelings and needs. Pay attention to who reaches out to you to hang out. Notice the ones who pay attention to you as you speak when it feels like no one is listening. More than anything, be conscious of who you're with and where you're at when you experience moments of pure happiness. Life is too short to waste your precious time on people who don't build you up. Wouldn't you rather spend your time with more moments of pure joy than self-hate? Start living for you!

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