A Letter To My Residence Hall

A Letter To My Residence Hall

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Dear Longstreet-Means 3rd South Hall,

It’s been three months since we’ve moved into college. First semester is coming to a close and I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you all. I can personally attest to the fact that college is a difficult transition for most. However, living with you all has made this experience such a blessing. During the first month of college, when all you can remember sometimes is your family or friends from home, you made it easier to move my mind away from home. I can proudly say that I have made some of my closest friends here in college in my residence hall and I am forever grateful.

The dynamic of college dorm life is a special one. It’s one of the only times where everyone is a 10-second walk from your room. I am especially thankful for the collaborative and close environment of my residence hall. Whether it is coming home from the library after studying for an exam for four hours or just chilling in the hallways, there is always someone there to talk to.

They are the people you can rant to after a bad day, the people who will make Target runs with you on the weekends just to stock up on cereal and chocolate, the ones who will give you bear hugs just to show how much they care, the ones who will share their sour patch with you even after you ate their first bag, the ones who will always be down to drink chamomile tea and do mint facials at 2 AM, the ones who will study and motivate you when you have an upcoming exam but then always be willing to break out in dance afterwards.

Most of all, they are your biggest supporters and cheerleaders.

Living in Longstreet-Means has blessed me with the opportunity to meet people from all over the world: France, India, Turkey, China and the list goes on. When you are hungry, people are so willing to share food from home. I recently had these amazing Serbian cheese puff pastries from one of my close friends and it has made me so much more open to trying new foods. Living with such a diverse and talented group of people is a humbling experience, and it allows us to communicate a myriad of perspectives on a wide spectrum of topics.

Time ceases to exist when you are with the ones you love. The love and bond that has grown between us as a hall is ineffable. But none of this would have even been possible without the immense dedication and support from our lovely SAs and RAs. Their advice, guidance, and friendship is immeasurable. Without a doubt, I can speak on behalf of all of our residents when I say that we are eternally indebted to their love and kindness.

Love,

Shivangi

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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

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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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