17 Reasons A 2-Bedroom With Your BFF Is The Number 1 Living Situation

17 Reasons A 2-Bedroom With Your BFF Is The Number 1 Living Situation

You're living with your best friend... What else needs to be said?

I've lived in all the college roommate situations: Found a roommate in a class Facebook page, got a random roommate, lived with a group of old friends. This year, I am living with my best friend in a two-bedroom apartment, and it has been the best living situation I've had for many reasons.

1. You already know each other really well

First day with random roommate: So, uh, what are your hobbies?

First day with best friend roommate: Wanna get pizza later?

2. Bills are way easier

Having multiple roommates means waiting on multiple people giving you money for bills, taking their precious time and not cooperating. Having one roommate makes it MUCH easier, especially when it is your best friend and you can just be shady until they pay you without worrying if they hate you.

3. You always know who left the mess

No more being passively angry at everyone because you can't figure out who is piling up dishes in the sink or refusing to take the trash out. Now, you always know!

4. You probably don't fight

You've been friends long enough that if you do fight, they're old-married-couple-esque bickers that mean virtually nothing.

5. Cleaning schedules are much more manageable

Dividing up tasks between various people (especially ones who don't get along) is impossible. Dividing up tasks between two people who DO get along and have a common goal of maintaining a not disgusting apartment is easy.

6. Texting one roommate about issues is better than a group text

Say goodbye to the awkward group text where you politely tell everyone you're sick of their shit. Now you can just knock on your roommates' door and say hello I am sick of your shit.

7. Same size fridge, fewer people

I mean, need I say more?

8. It's like a sleepover every night

As kids, having a sleepover with your BFF every night was a thing of your dreams, and now it is happening.

9. Asking to have friends over is better because you probably have the same ones

You don't have to get it OKed by a group of people, or by somebody who doesn't know anyone coming over. You really don't even need to ask anymore.

10. There's little to no judgment about your eating habits

The 7th pizza of the month used to make you feel awkward with your random roommate. Now, your bestie is on #7 as well.

11. You always have someone to go out with

You can get ready together, go out together, and cop some greasy foods to eat on the couch when you get home together.

12. You already know what annoys you about the other person

Thank God you don't have to become roommates first to find out their annoying habits. You already know, and chose to live with them anyway.

13. You only have to pick up after 2 people, and one is yourself

Trying to figure out what stuff goes to what room is a pain. If it isn't yours, it is theirs. Simple as that.

14. You can borrow stuff anytime

You don't have to awkwardly text your stranger roommate and ask if you can borrow a small bit of milk for your cereal, you can just borrow it. (Emily, I borrowed your hairbrush this morning.)

15. You look forward to coming home

When you're in a bad, awkward or just slightly negative living situation, you might not look forward to coming back home, but when you live with your best friend, it is great.

16. You give each other enough personal space

You know you don't need to force friendship, you can each be alone when you need it.

17. You're living with your best friend... What else needs to be said?

A person I love, sings Disney songs with me constantly and doesn't get upset when I leave my Trix yogurt cup on the side table for 3 days out of sheer laziness? That's the kind of roommate I've always wanted.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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To The Newly Graduated Seniors, Thank You

A thank you to the new alumni who made my freshman year great.

Dear Newly Graduated College Seniors,

Thank you for coming into my life when you did. As you were preparing to leave college, I was just getting started. You have shaped my life and my future career in many, many ways and I am proud to have gone to college with you for the short time I was allowed.

First of all, thanks for showing me that graduation will happen. Whether it is in four years or five years I have seen that graduation is a possibility and not just a distant dream. I feared when I first began my college career that I would not be able to graduate but you have shown me that with the right amount of perseverance and confidence I will be able to get my undergraduate degree.

You guys have also taught me not to let the problems of becoming an actual adult let you down. It is okay to cry and ask for help when I have a situation I do not think I can handle. You guys supported me through many obstacles my freshmen year of college and I will continue to support you as you move on to bigger and better things.

One of the most important lessons you taught me is not to dismiss the freshmen. I was so scared you guys would automatically shut me down because you were on your way to graduation and did not want to make any more connections or friends that you would leave behind. All of you took me in and listened to me and gave me memories that I will personally cherish for the remainder of my college career and even after I graduate.

Thank you, now alumni, for being my friend and giving me a place in your lives. Please keep in touch and visit. I can not wait to have an amazing Alumni Weekend because of the amazing seniors I was blessed to meet as a freshmen.

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