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 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you.

Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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Who knew carbonated water could be so funny?


Who knew carbonated water could be so funny?

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