To The Friends I Made My Freshman Year Of College

To The Friends I Made My Freshman Year Of College

Thank you for the laughter, love and adventures you have all brought into my life!

To The Friends I Made My Freshman Year of College,

This season of my life has been the happiest, most challenging one yet. I am so beyond thankful that I have had you all to love and support me through everything. I’m thankful for the late nights of studying, trips to Tea Largo and PDQ and hearing about your “God moments." Most of all, I am thankful for friends who are a constant source of encouragement. Thank you for praying for and with me, sharing my happiest moments and being there in my tears (we all know I cry way too often.)

Caroline, thank you for being a constant friend to me this year. You have taught me vulnerability and have always been an honest voice of reason to me. Thank you for pushing me to break the rules once in awhile. I need to let loose every now and then. Thanks for all your sticky notes of bible verses and encouraging notes. Your friendship is something I will always treasure!

Monique, I have loved watching you grow so much as a person this year and I’m so proud to call you my friend! I can always count on you to watch YouTube videos with, eat gummy candy and just laugh with. I’ve loved doing life with you this year and I’ll lowkey miss hearing you on the phone in Portuguese in the room!

Boogie, your heart for The Lord and for worship will always inspire me! Without you, our room would not have been so full of laughter. Thanks for paying Jersey a visit and accidentally seeing Khalid with me. Your friendship has been a blessing to me I’ll miss you tons this summer!

Abby, you are my friend crush come true. From basically making my room your second room first semester to skipping CCU together to beach trips to the heart to heart talks, you’ve been there for it all. I cannot thank you enough for all of the ways you’ve poured into my life spiritually. Thank you for worshipping with me and always reminding me who I am in Christ even when I feel like such a mess. Thanks for being there through all my happy moments and tears. You are a forever friend and I love you endlessly!

Lexi, your friendship has brought so much laughter and fun into my life. Thanks for being my airport buddy and for staying with me in Portico for hours while I study. I will miss our daily Charties trips immensely… minus the Charties part. You have been a constant friend to me and I can’t wait for three more years of crazy, amazing and unforgettable adventures!

Noah, your friendship has blessed me so much this semester! Thank you for being so kind and encouraging towards me and for always being there for me whether that means helping me move my stuff out of my dorm or cheering me on through Life Science. You push me to be the best version of myself and inspire me to be kind to others. Thanks for letting me distract you from your homework when I just want to talk, getting Charties with me and going on lots of fun adventures; I look forward to lots more!

You have all made Florida feel like home and without you a part of my life feels like it’s missing. I would not be the person I am today and college would not be the same without your friendship. Cheers to three more years of laughter, tears, petting cute dogs on campus, studying in Portico for hours and incredible adventures! I love you all with all my heart.

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A comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to being the girl every guy wants.

1. Smile all the time.

Guys want to be with girls who are always happy. Men get severely uncomfortable when all the women around them are not Cheshire cat level elated all the fucking time. Why are you mad? Why do you look so pissed? Are you defective? Autopilot your brain to borderline creepy giddiness before men get the idea that you might actually be capable of a full range of human emotion.

2. Be smart.

Men want women to be smart, but never smarter than them. Don’t know or say anything too much about anything specifically – except sports.

3. Eat like a man, look like a lady.

How many burgers can you fit in your mouth at once? Better, even, how many hotdogs? Have the appetite of a grizzly bear, but eat like a cute tiny rabbit, or Kate Upton faking an orgasm. Oh, and never, ever get above a size 4.

4. Play video games.

No guy can resist a girl who loves to play video games (in her underwear). Fifa, 2K, Smash, Kart – know them all. If you can’t at least beat his worst friend at his favorite game, you’re not a keeper.

5. Love beer.

If you can’t throw ‘em back like one of the guys, you’re not wifey. Yeah, that Norwegian IPA no one's ever fucking heard of? You got it. Bud Light? Sure. Fat Tire? You love that shit. Feel free to let out that beer burp while you’re at it, but the burp you’d imagine a Japanese dwarf squirrel would let out after eating rainbows. Oh, and don’t forget, size 4.

6. Be a freak, but also a nun.

We all know that lyric (thank you, Ludacris, so much). Hit those yoga poses hard because he wants you to bust that shit out like you’ve done it before. But you haven’t … right? Have you?!

7. Keep him on his toes.

No man wants a woman who is predictable and boring. Challenge him. Keep him intrigued. Drop an F bomb every now and then. Learn a foreign language in your spare time so that you might give the illusion of being exotic in bed (Slavic languages sound super sexy). Induce yourself into an epileptic seizure. Whatever it takes to keep it interesting.

8. Have quirks.

Ah, quirks. The things that make people unique. The things that make people, people. You must have at least three of these but no more than five. Think relatable Stepford Wife.

9. Be hot.

This is potentially the most important, and luckily I don’t need to tell you how this works. Look at anything. Anywhere. That ever existed.

10. Never, ever get mad.

The worst thing you can do as a woman is challenge a man’s authority. Don’t talk back. Don’t think. Don’t have expectations. Sit. Roll over. Hold the bark.


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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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