I Went With A Triple Room Freshman Year, And Now I Know Three ISN'T Actually A Crowd

I Went With A Triple Room Freshman Year, And Now I Know Three ISN'T Actually A Crowd

Whenever I want to go out to the store or just to the dining hall, I am guaranteed to always have a buddy to go with me, and it's the BEST.

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When I decided to go to Western, there was pretty much no question that I would be living on campus. While my hometown is only about an hour and a half away, that just was not a reasonable commute, so I knew I'd be making the move up to Bellingham. And as many of us know, living on campus can be extremely expensive.

In an effort to cut down a bit on this cost, I opted to receive a triple room. I'd had my own room for around the past 10 years, but I didn't think I'd mind sharing a room with two other people, especially if I got along with them. Instead of leaving my roommate selection up to chance, I spent several weeks looking for two others who would also be willing to have a triple room and that also would have a good roommate dynamic.

It took several weeks, but eventually, I found Alyssa and Kaity, two other soon-to-be freshmen that were just as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am. After solidifying our decision to be roommates, we talked back and forth online for several months, figuring out what we were all bringing for the room and also expressing our excitement for the year to come.

Well, I've been living with these two in our triple room for about a week and a half now. And I've gotta say, it's even better than what I was originally expecting.

Obviously, I was hoping that we would be friends and share our space peacefully, but it became clear very quickly that this would never be an issue. If I was worried about being friends with my roommates, I definitely shouldn't have been. They're both incredibly sweet and we all just click really well.

Whenever I want to go out to the store or just to the dining hall, I am guaranteed to always have a buddy to go with me, and it's the BEST.

We all obviously have our own schedules, but both of my roommates are really courteous when they get up in the mornings before me (my first class of the day isn't until 11 a.m., so usually I'm a little late to the party), and I try to be as quiet as I can when I'm still doing my chemistry homework at 11 p.m.

Even the amount of space hasn't been an issue, because we each have our own desks and own beds so it doesn't feel that cramped! I have enough space to do my thing and they have enough space to do theirs.

While living with other people means I don't always get that alone time (social interaction can be so draining sometimes), if I let them know I need some time by myself, they always give me the space that I need.

Honestly, I wasn't sure how living with two roommates was going to go, but I'm definitely enjoying the experience and I can't wait to go through the rest of the school year with my new best friends!

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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8 Tips For The Senior Gearing Up For Their Pre-Med​ Studies

It's as hard as they say, and you'll need to ask for help more often than you know.

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In high school, I decided to major in pre-medical studies. Though I now have chosen a different career path, the things I went through and learned for almost two years might help you get through all four.

1. Organization is a big deal.

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It's how you'll keep up with assignments, exams and extracurriculars. All of which are crucial things if you're hoping to get into medical school.

2. Attend pre-medical school fairs early.

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Even if you don't make any connections the first year or two, at least you won't have jitters before you attend when it really counts.

3. Have a study schedule.

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College is new and wonderful and exciting, but if you don't pay close attention, you might accidentally let your social life ruin your academic life.

4. Know how you study best.

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Your neighbor or your best friend might study one way that gets them As, but that way will likely not work for you. Look up study skills online, try some out in your first couple weeks and then eventually choose the best fit. I know some students who still have not found a productive way to study in their sophomore year, and it is strongly affecting their GPAs.

5. Take some "me" time.

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Find a club or a friend group or just some hobby that you love and has nothing to do with your pre-medical career. You'll need an escape from it on occasion.

6. If you're shy, you'll need to work on that immediately.

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To find someone to shadow, interview for an internship or simply ask for help in a class, you need to be fearless when talking to superiors. If not, it could very well be the difference between going to medical school and having to focus on plan B.

7. Sleep, mental and physical health need to be a priority.

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"I'll sleep when I'm dead" is some serious bullcrap. Do you really think that if you're sleep-deprived you're going to pass that big exam?

8. Keep in check with yourself.

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Is this still what you really wanna do? Is it truly your passion? Are you able to accomplish this goal while staying healthy? These are all questions you need to have on your mind. There is no harm in dropping the major if it becomes too much and definitely no shame. Maybe someday it will be the right time, but maybe that's not right now.

These are all things I wish I would've truly realized before I began my pre-medical career. Maybe I would've made it through. Or maybe, at least, I would've saved myself the wasted time on something I didn't truly love.

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