Graduating Early: A Letter To Jasmine Kitterman, Our Editor In Chief

Graduating Early: A Letter To Jasmine Kitterman, Our Editor In Chief

For my amazing, confident, fabulous best friend.
"Don't Ask What the World Needs. Ask What Makes You Come Alive, And Go Do It. Because What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive" ~ Howard Thurman

To the seniors in their last semester, I applaud you for the hard work and everything you have done to get to this point. You are all rockstars, don't ever forget that!

But here's a letter to someone special who I've come to know, I would even consider her my best friend. So this is a big shout out to our Editor in Chief and, a graduating senior. What a feat to be graduating early, let alone when you're only 19. Yes, she's graduating after two years of college, and I am not okay.

Dear Jasmine,

Hello. It’s me. I hope you don’t forget about me in the real world.

Ever since we learned that we both have an undying love for Justin Bieber, we have been inseparable. I am so extremely proud of you, I cannot even put into words all the amazing things you have done and all the things you will do so soon.

You are ambitious and a go-getter. If something stands in your way, then you move mountains to get what you want. I have always loved how you somehow manage to be a functioning human with all the extracurricular activities, jobs, classes, and events you do. You are Editor in Chief of the Odyssey, Fern Creek mentor, World Champion in Martial Arts, Graphic Designer, Filmmaker, Martial Arts instructor, and a wonderful leader in everything you do.

More importantly, your strength, compassion, and kindred spirit are what make you one of the best friends I have ever had. You never fail to listen to my rants, obsess over Justin’s latest album, and even stay late at Club Olin so we can hang out-- even though I know you need to go home and sleep.

Growing up fast is not something many of us millennials want to do, but you embraced it. You adapted to situations that I cannot possibly imagine having to go through as a 18 and 19 year old. And for that, I am forever proud of you!

Even though you are graduating at the end of the semester, I know we will be friends forever. Just make sure to stay close by, or come visit often.

I will miss your face, but always remember our fabulous adventures together.

So go off into the real world, and show them what you’ve got! You will change the world, and help others change the world too. Because you are amazing, intelligent, and my best friend. I wish you a crazy last semester filled with late-night dance parties, BurgerFi or Panera runs, late but fun nights in Club Olin, and best of all, happiness.


Your Best Friend Maren

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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