Most Of My Friends Are Older Than Me, But I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

Most Of My Friends Are Older Than Me, But I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

Older friends are the best friends.

As a sophomore in college, I am quite surprised (but also flattered) whenever people mistake me for an upperclassman.

I feel like I could pass as a 15-year-old, but I guess that's not the case nowadays. My immediate thought is typically something along the lines of:

Well, that's probably because I spend a significant amount of time with people who have already been college sophomores. I learn how to act like a 22-year-old, rather than a 19-year-old.

If I'm being honest, it hurts to think about how some of my favorite people I've met at college won't be here this time next year. Same goes for my friends at other schools; they’re moving on up in the adulting world, and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my time here. I’m going to miss them all (so, so much), but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

For now, I’d like to shed light on why being friends with people who are a couple years ahead of me is the best thing ever.

They know what’s best for me.

Friend drama? Guy problems? Stressed out about schoolwork? I always look to my older friends for advice; they always have the inside key on how to tackle the typical college girl issues. Even if I’m afraid to follow through, I thank them later because their advice is almost always effective.

They know all the best party spots.

I’m telling you right now, some of my best memories at UMass have been at tailgates and parties with my older friends. UMass is a huge school.. It’s hard to navigate at times, especially on bustling weekends. My friends know how to do it right, and they always make me feel welcome -- there’s no such thing as feeling lost in a crowded house while I’m with them. They bring out my fun side, and I never regret staying out later than I probably should.

They’ve been in my shoes.

I know that whatever problem I have, my friends have most likely already experienced it. I trust their judgment, because they’ve literally seen and done it all. It’s so comforting to know that some of the best people in my life have been in my place at some point, too. Nothing feels impossible to handle when I confide in them.

They love me for me (and I love them just as much, if not more).

Guys, I truly don’t know what I’d do without ya. Thanks for always being there, no matter the time or place. I love you.

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Because it's so nice to be home, I think?


1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home

Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place

2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

*cue sleeping in a starfish position*

4. Finally a bedroom to myself

Headphones? I don't know her.

5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"


"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:



Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?


*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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