Home Isn't Just a Place--It's People, Too

Home Isn't Just a Place--It's People, Too

I've come to see home isn't just where I grew up but those I've met along the way
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The idea of home is a bizarre concept to me. I always thought that home was a place that you went to for school break or returned to when you need Mom to do your laundry or make you actual food. But when I went to school I found myself confused by what I thought home was. I met people I felt I belonged to utterly, completely, fully. It confused me and concerned me that I felt this way with multiple people and places. It happened again when I studied abroad and I felt a longing down in my soul and grief that I didn't know when I would return to cities such as London and Berlin again.

I always believed that home was the place I grew up and no more. I thought it was the place I had grown up and spent most of my life. But I've realized over the past year that home is not just that at all.

Home is my University where I've had heartbreaks and the best nights of my life. It is where I met my sorority sisters who changed my life for the better. I've met my best friends, my suite mates who I wouldn't trade for the world. With these people I feel understood completely and fully. They are the people I place my trust in and experience all of the ups and downs of life with. From drunken nights to watching Vine compilations, I wouldn't change anything that we've experienced together as friends and sisters.

Home is also the people I've met at school and on my travels. It's the people who I met at the bar in Paris or spent four months getting to know as I studied abroad. They all contribute to my memories and to who I am today.

That's what I think another version of home can be. I think home can even be the people you've known for only a night yet they change your life forever even in the most minuscule ways. They are the people you hold in your heart and you smile about even years after you've parted ways.

In that, I'm grateful for all of them. The passing strangers I've met on my travels and the girls who will one day be my bridesmaids. You are all my home; ever changing in life but always still in my heart.

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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

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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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