To My First-Year Roommate, I'm Blessed You're Also My Friend

To My First-Year Roommate, I'm Blessed You're Also My Friend

70% of one's first year college experience is based off of their relationship with their roommate.

I strongly believe that 70% of one's first-year college experience is based on their relationship with their roommate. Luckily, I was blessed with the BEST roomie I could’ve asked for. Ally, this one’s for you!

Dear Current Roomie,

First of all, I just want to say how nice and sincere of a person you are. You are always looking out for others and you inspire me to be a better person every day. Your kindness never goes unnoticed.

I have learned a lot about you. I know that you are insanely athletic, you won Prom Queen at your school, you love Sonic, and you make your bed every day, just like me. You can learn a lot about a person after living with them for two semesters of college.

Thank you for all of the times you came in at night, being as quiet as you can, and having a total fear that you would wake me up after I’ve gone to bed. If that isn’t respect, then I don’t know what is. I’ve told Ally countless times that I do not care how loud she is when she comes in, and yet she continues to do her best not to wake me up.

This roommate of mine and I have not fought at all this entire time I’ve been in college, and to me that is a blessing. I’ve heard countless stories from my other friends of how awkward their relationship with their roommate is and even how much they annoy them. I could and still can never relate to that because I have the honor of living with Ally.

Ally and I have always gotten along and have never had a conflict with one another. We tell each other our plans, how our day went, and even share some of our biggest secrets with each other! She knows a lot about me and I've even told her some things I've never told anyone else before. We are two completely different people and I think it is so neat that we came into each other’s lives.

If I didn’t have Ally as a roommate, I could tell you right now that I would not have had a good first year. She made it so easy for me because of how kind, caring, and understanding she is. She's seen me at my worst and doesn't judge me for it. She has also seen me at my best, and is a great supporter of my decisions I've made. I make sure to respect her as much as she respects me which makes our year a smooth sailing one.

One last thing, Ally. Thank you for being you. Whenever I am having a bad day, some of the things that come out of your mouth are the funniest things I’ve ever heard. I consider you family and I hope we can keep in touch after we move out. You have been the absolute best roommate ever and I am blessed to have gained a friend like you.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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