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 Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Here are all the things our phone calls aren't long enough to say.
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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together? It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world. Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening. I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.

Love,

Your daughter

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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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