"Hey! I'm Your Roommate!"

"Hey! I'm Your Roommate!"

From forced small talk to endless laughs.
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To my roommate, after our first semester:

Things started off awkwardly, to say the least. This whole roommate thing started because I waited too long to work out my housing and chose the only open room in the building, which happened to be yours. I messaged you on Instagram and said, "Hey! I'm your roommate!" We immediately clicked and texted for the next few months approaching move-in. Even so, we didn't know each other very well, so it was bound to be awkward.

Our first few weeks as roommates were easily the most awkward weeks I've ever experienced. There were hours of silence and forced small talk, trying to get to know each other, and it being totally unsuccessful. You'd go out to do your things, and I'd go to do mine. We were the furthest thing from friends; if anything, we were complete strangers. Luckily, that changed.

I'm not sure what caused the change, but I do know that it was one of the things that I'm most thankful for. After all those hours of sitting across the room without speaking a word, we're best buds now. I mean, come on, we even have our own nicknames. Our whole floor refers to us as "Big Hoss & Lil Hoss". We spend our weekends together, whether that means being at frats or just in our room watching Netflix. We're always having a good time.

We get breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. We even know what the other drinks depending on which meal we're having. Remember when we would go and eat separately? Needless to say, we spend almost all of our free time together. That's honestly something I never would've seen coming if you'd have asked me at move-in.

Thank you for listening to all of my stories about my friends from home (all of which I know you really don't care about, but you pretend to listen anyway). Thank you for listening to me complain about the really annoying kid in my Psych 101 class. Thank you for going out with me. Thank you for our Thursdays at Annex, then bouncing back for Phi Sig on Friday nights.

You are, by far, the funniest person I've ever met (partially because sometimes you're just clueless, but also because you're just hysterical). Thank you for always making me laugh. Thank you for getting me food this semester when I was too sick to do it myself. And thank you for always keeping your side of the room clean. But, more than anything, thank you for being you and being the best roommate I could ever imagine.

Love,

Big Hoss (Kaylin)


Cover Image Credit: Kaylin Dougan

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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

Not every roommate story is a bad one.
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Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.


4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

15. Saying goodbye for breaks is upsetting.

16. Not seeing them all day is upsetting.

17. You have more pictures together than any of your other friends.

18. You found a best friend for life.

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22 Signs The Girls You've Met In College Will Be Part Of Your Girl Gang For Life

To the lovely ladies I've met in college that I can never imagine my life without again

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Let me just be the first to say, I honestly don't know how I survived the majority of my life without you guys.

Attending college out of state in a completely new area and not knowing a single soul, I was petrified of the idea of starting over. I had a great group of friends at home, and I wasn't ready to begin this new chapter of my life. Hearing my parents and family friends talk about the people they met in college only stressed me out even more because, what if I didn't meet "my people?"

Luckily, that's when you guys came along, and my life was changed forever.

1. You genuinely care about each other's happiness.

2. Talking 24/7 is absolutely necessary.  You basically have a 2nd boyfriend.

3. You know absolutely everything and more about each other...even the details that may be TMI.

4. Regardless of how dramatic it is, you can rely on one another for advice on absolutely anything.

5. You can't go more than 2 days without seeing one another...it's just not allowed. It feels like your 2nd boyfriend has mysteriously gone missing.

6. And when you go out together for a girls night, all hell breaks loose.

7. The best way to solve your problems is with each other, and a full glass of wine.

8. Somehow you lasted 18 years without them in your life, and you wonder every day how that was possible.

A friend like you is something I've always prayed to find, and I am so thankful I did.

9. You willingly shower each other with compliments like it is your job.

10. They give you that reality check every here and there when you are being more than overdramatic.

11. When something amazing happens, you immediately go to one another to celebrate.

12. They're always your support system no matter what.

13. They'll most likely be in your bridal party because they're the only people who will keep you mentally sane.

I wouldn't want anyone else beside me on my special day.

14. Staying mad at each other for long is just not even slightly possible.

15. You probably hate the same people, for the same reasons.

To the boy who screwed over your best friend, the girl who's secretly in love with your boyfriend, and the professor who gave you a bad grade, me and my best friend most likely talk about you!

16. No one will ever mistreat them, because they would have to go through you first.

17. You're right beside them when something intense is about to go down.

Neither of you will ever go through drama alone anymore, you've always got a go-to girl.

18. They're always loyal to you and your friendship, and fortunately, they're stuck with you forever.

19. Some of your best memories are with each other.

20. They always feel like sunshine when they're around.

The people who feel like the color yellow are the type of people you always want to keep in your life.

21. You will never allow a boy to make each other cry.

22. You remind them daily how much their friendship means to you.

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