Living With Your Friends Is Not As Easy As TV

Living With Your Friends Is Not As Easy As TV

I expected it to be like in Friends or How I Met Your Mother.


I expected it to be like in Friends or How I Met Your Mother. Maybe some of it is just as comical, but the shows did not prepare me for how hard it actually is. I am 20- years- old and I just moved into an apartment with three other girls. It is a lot of fun, don't get me wrong, but it is also more work and responsibility than I realized. Am I actually living like they do on TV? No, absolutely not but I am living like an amusing, embarrassing, but exciting YouTube vlog that you can't stop watching no matter how bad it gets.

The first night of living in your new home away from home is the most exciting but also the most challenging. My friends and I were excited to cook out first meal together and have a cute family dinner. Sounds good in theory, right? Well, it started out simple. Boil the water to make pasta and throw some frozen chicken in the oven. Not too long into getting started, we realized we had less than we thought in terms of supplies—no lid for the pot, only one tiny pan for the chicken, and no utensils to distribute the salad with. Sounds easy enough to get creative and solve those problems, and it was. But then… a mouse was spotted running across the kitchen floor. We all went running, screaming at the top of our lungs. Night one was off to a difficult start. That cute family dinner ended up taking place on our front porch because we were too afraid to go back into the kitchen.

Once we finished eating and went back inside we realized the WIFI was not working—so much for our first movie night together. Earlier that day we had stayed home waiting for it to be set up. The technician was 4 hours late so we had to stay in all day waiting for him. At around 9:30 pm we decided to call Verizon and try to fix it. After being on the phone for 45 minutes the problem was finally resolved. It had been a long day.

Feeling defeated, I wanted to cry and go home to my parents, but honestly, I had no time. It was the first night in this new place and I was determined to make it a success—I couldn't give up that easily and I definitely could not admit that I wanted to quit on my first day.

So living with your friends may be as fun as Friends or HIMYM shows us but is it as simple? No.

Food doesn't just show up in the house, it's not always clean unless you put in the work, and things don't just work perfectly. Days are corky and unpredictable. Eating leftovers for a week straight is real. Not wanting to use your AC because you don't want to pay a high electric bill is serious. Living on your own is challenging. But the excitement and independence make it worth it.

So, Mom and Dad, I think you prepped me well for this. I was overwhelmed that first week but my friends and I got it down. Life isn't a TV show (even though I wish it was) but its fun when you're going through it with your friends. So even when things get to be a lot or seem scary, push through it. As cliché as it sounds, nothing is easy at first but if you keep trying to give it a chance, things will get better.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...


It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top


It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives


There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming


What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen


"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 


Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 


It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready


At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 


Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table


But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 


There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 


It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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