"Hey! I'm Your Roommate!"

"Hey! I'm Your Roommate!"

From forced small talk to endless laughs.

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.


Big Hoss (Kaylin)

Cover Image Credit: Kaylin Dougan

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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Dear Random Roomies, I'm Glad I Didn't Know You BEFORE College

I chose my roommates randomly, and because of that, they've have become some of my best friends and my greatest blessing.


To the sweet women of 732,

I had no idea when I replied to your GroupMe request for a roommate on May 2nd that I would soon be blessed with the friendship and love of the three of the most incredible women I've ever met, and that I would learn and grow so much without ever leaving my dorm room.

Moving in with three strangers was definitely awkward. You all worked hard to not call me "Mary." I put my alarm on "quiet" in fear of waking you up too early (even though I missed my 8:30 a few times because of it). I portrayed my best self, careful not to let you in to see my weaknesses or my struggles. I was looking for people to live with, but I for sure wasn't looking for friends.

But then we made cookie bakes late at night. Then you covered me up with a blanket while I was taking a nap and let me borrow a shirt. We spent several nights laughing, dancing, and ranting. Then we stood up for each other. Soon we opened up about how our hearts had been broken, and how the darkness of the world has touched each of our lives. In the blink of an eye, we were friends. I noticed myself looking forward to coming home to my support system — my ladies of 732. And when I walked in the door shaking after reading a text message that almost broke my heart, your arms were the ones I wanted to run into.

You all have taught me the value of having people in your life that care, people that can tease you, people that you can laugh with (and at), and even people that are completely different as you.

Despite being involved in different things, being in different majors, from different hometowns, from different churches, and not knowing each other before college, we've created quite a home for ourselves in 732. You've become my go-to gals, the source of my laughter, my "daughters," and the people I'd drop everything to drive to pick up or share a Mac and Cheese with. ;)

We've gotten the incredible privilege to not have the pressure of friendship to allow it to grow through awkwardness, taking some L's, and a lot of heart to hearts.

I am more thankful for you all than you will ever know.

All my love,

Mary Clare

(aka Mar/Mom/MC)

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