A Letter To My Freshman Roomies

A Letter To My Freshman Roomies

To the three special girls who know me best: Thanks for everything.
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To the three girls who know me best,

The first semester of our freshman year is coming to an end and I can’t believe how fast four and a half months have flown by. I have met a ton of new friends and made twice as many memories – but the friendship that I have developed with my roommates is one that I cherish more than anything. We have seen each other succeed in great ways and we have stood by each other through each failure (shout out college algebra). No matter how amazing or how terrible the situation, I can count on three girls standing by my side.

Thank you for keeping my outfits looking fleeky.

I can almost guarantee that wherever I am going, I’m wearing at least one article that isn’t my own. Each outfit is carefully analyzed and experimented with until I’m wearing the perfect combo. Thank you for always taking time to focus on me even though we all have places to be.

Thank you for keeping me humble.

“Whitney… your contour looks like a bruise.” Even though I’m basically a professional makeup artist, I always have three sets of eyes to make sure I haven’t made a mistake. Although it’s a tragic realization, I am grateful to have friends who give me the gentle reminder that I live in a dorm in Tallahassee and not in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Thank you for keeping me grounded to who I am even when I am in full diva-mode.

Thank you for simultaneously making me feel like a rock star.

I have grown monumentally throughout the past four months, but growth comes with difficulty. Through every failed test, every night of homesickness, every mid-week crisis, and every bout of hurt feelings, I have had three people to build me up and help me to remember my worth. Thank you for never failing to bring me back to reality when I am feelin' blue.

Thank you for being my home away from home.

Leaving my friends, family, church, and small-town that I have lived in forever was a scary thought. I don’t love change and I wasn’t sure how well I would do away from familiarity. I am so blessed to have found three girls that have become sisters to me. Thank you for being by my side through the good moments, the bad moments, and the hyper moments/hours (oops).

Thank you for being my Proverbs 27:17 friends.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Thank you for making me feel sure that I can be 100% transparent with you. I have always been a person to hide what I’m feeling and keep my emotions bottled up inside. Thank you for letting me show all sides of myself to you and yours to me. You have helped me to realize that my many flaws are okay. Thank you for loving me for both my imperfections and my gifts.

There are absolutely no words to describe my appreciation for my roommates. As crazy as life gets, I always know that I can come to them for anything. Thank you for being the solid ground that I can count on throughout this new season. I can’t wait to see where our special friendship will take us and I am beyond excited to be a part of each of your lives.

To the three girls who will be in my life forever, thank you.

Cover Image Credit: Whitney Weldon

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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Caity Callan

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